Monday, May 8, 2017

Come From Away, Oslo, Dolly, Little Foxes Among Winners of Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Musical revival Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler and the feel-good musical Come From Away top the list of winners for the Outer Critics Circle with five awards each.

The Little Foxes, The Band’s Visit and Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 each received two awards.

Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran and Christopher Fitzgerald will serve as award presenters at the upcoming 67th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony May 25 at Sardi’s.

The Outer Critics Circle, is an association with members affiliated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, web sites, radio and television stations and theater publications in America and abroad.

(Winners names are in bold preceded by an asterisk. *)

Outer Critics Circle
2016-2017 Awards


A Bronx Tale
*Come From AwayGroundhog Day
Holiday Inn

*If I Forget
A Life
Love, Love, Love
*The Band’s Visit
Himself and Nora
Kid Victory
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Terrence McNally     AnastasiaItamar Moses     The Band’s VisitChazz Palminteri     A Bronx TaleDanny Rubin     Groundhog Day*Irene Sankoff & David Hein     Come From Away OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens     AnastasiaAlan Menken & Glenn Slater     A Bronx TaleTim Minchin     Groundhog DayIrene Sankoff & David Hein     Come From Away*David Yazbek     The Band’s Visit
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
The Front Page
*JitneyThe Little Foxes
The Price
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Finian’s Rainbow
*Hello, Dolly!Miss Saigon
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAYLila Neugebauer     The WolvesJack O’Brien     The Front PageDaniel Sullivan     The Little Foxes*Rebecca Taichman     IndecentKate Whoriskey     Sweat
*Christopher Ashley     Come From Away
David Cromer     The Band’s VisitDarko Tresnjak     AnastasiaMatthew Warchus     Groundhog DayJerry Zaks     Hello, Dolly!
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHERAndy Blankenbuehler     Bandstand*Warren Carlyle     Hello, Dolly!Savion Glover     Shuffle AlongKelly Devine     Come From AwayDenis Jones     Holiday Inn
(Play or Musical)
Alexander Dodge     AnastasiaNigel Hook     The Play That Goes Wrong*Mimi Lien     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812Scott Pask     The Little FoxesDouglas W. Schmidt     The Front Page
(Play or Musical)
Linda Cho     AnastasiaSusan Hilferty     Present LaughterSanto Loquasto     Hello, Dolly!Ann Roth     Shuffle Along*Catherine Zuber     War Paint
(Play or Musical)
Christopher Akerlind     IndecentDonald Holder     AnastasiaNatasha Katz     Hello, Dolly!*Bradley King     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812Kenneth Posner     War Paint
(Play or Musical)
Duncan McLean     PrivacyJared Mezzocchi     VietgoneBenjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions     Oslo*Aaron Rhyne     AnastasiaTal Yarden     Indecent
(Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin     The Encounter*Gareth Owen     Come From AwayNicholas Pope     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812Matt Stine     Sweeney ToddNevin Steinberg     Bandstand
Doug Besterman     AnastasiaLarry Blank     Holiday InnBill Elliott & Greg Anthony Rassen     Bandstand*Larry Hochman     Hello, Dolly!Jamshied Sharifi     The Band’s Visit
Daniel Craig     OthelloMichael Emerson     Wakey, Wakey*Kevin Kline     Present LaughterDavid Oyelowo     OthelloDavid Hyde Pierce     A Life
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAYJanie Dee     LindaSally Field     The Glass MenagerieAllison Janney     Six Degrees of Separation*Laura Linney     The Little FoxesLaurie Metcalf     A Doll’s House, Part 2
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICALChristian Borle     FalsettosNick Cordero     A Bronx Tale*Andy Karl     Groundhog DayDavid Hyde Pierce     Hello, Dolly!Tony Shalhoub     The Band’s Visit
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICALChristy Altomare     AnastasiaChristine Ebersole     War PaintKatrina Lenk     The Band’s VisitPatti LuPone     War Paint*Bette Midler     Hello, Dolly!
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAYMichael Aronov     Oslo*Danny DeVito     The PriceNathan Lane     The Front PageRichard Thomas     The Little FoxesRichard Topol     Indecent
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAYJohanna Day     SweatJayne Houdyshell     A Doll’s House, Part 2Katrina Lenk     IndecentNana Mensah     Man From Nebraska*Cynthia Nixon     The Little Foxes      OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICALJohn Bolton     AnastasiaJeffry Denman     Kid Victory*Gavin Creel     Hello, Dolly!Shuler Hensley     Sweet CharityAndrew Rannells     Falsettos
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICALKate Baldwin     Hello, Dolly!Stephanie J. Block     Falsettos*Jenn Colella     Come From AwayCaroline O’Connor     Anastasia   Mary Beth Peil     Anastasia
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCEEd Dixon     Georgie: My Adventures with George RoseMarin Ireland     On the ExhaleSarah Jones     Sell / Buy / Date    
Judith Light     All the Ways to Say I Love You*Simon McBurney     The Encounter
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Jaclyn Backhaus     Men on BoatsSarah DeLappe     The WolvesPaola Lázaro     Tell Hector I Miss HimQui Nguyen     Vietgone*Bess Wohl     Small Mouth Sounds

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Theater Critic Lauren Yarger

Theater Critic Lauren Yarger

My Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at

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Yarger is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle and the CT Press Club.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.


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Key to Content Notes:

God's name taken in vain -- means God or Jesus is used in dialogue without speaking directly to or about them.

Language -- means some curse words are used. "Minor" usually means the words are not too strong or that it only occurs once or twice throughout the show.

Strong Language -- means some of the more heavy duty curse words are used.

Nudity -- means a man or woman's backside, a man's lower front or a woman's front are revealed.

Scantily clad -- means actors' private areas are technically covered, but I can see a lot of them.

Sexual Language -- means the dialogue contains sexually explicit language but there's no action.

Sexual Activity -- means a man and woman are performing sexual acts.

Adultery -- Means a married man or woman is involved sexually with someone besides their spouse. If this is depicted with sexual acts on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Sex Outside of Marriage -- means a man and woman are involved sexually without being married. If this is depicted sexually on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Homosexuality -- means this is in the show, but not physically depicted.

Homosexual activity -- means two persons of the same sex are embracing/kissing. If they do more than that, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Cross Dresser -- Means someone is dressing as the opposite sex. If they do more than that on stage the listing would include the corresponding "sexual activity" and/or "homosexual activity" as well.

Cross Gender -- A man is playing a female part or a woman is playing a man's part.

Suggestive Dancing -- means dancing contains sexually suggestive moves.

Derogatory (category added Fall 2012) Language or circumstances where women are referred to or treated in a negative and demeaning manner.

Other content matters such as torture, suicide or rape will be noted, with details revealed only as necessary in the review itself.

The term "throughout" added to any of the above means it happens many times throughout the show.

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