By Elaine Liner
By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Sheran Goodspeed-Keyton, Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues (Jubilee Theatre)
Liz Mikel, Ain't Misbehavin' (Dallas Theater Center)
Allison Tolman, Anton in Show Business (Second Thought Theatre)
Lulu Ward, The Dining Room (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas)
Richard Hamburger, Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Dallas Theater Center)
Tom Kosis, Flower Drum Song (Dallas Summer Musicals)
Greg Leaming, A Flea in Her Ear (Classical Acting Company)
Rene Moreno, Marriage Play (WingSpan Theatre Company) and All My Sons (Classical Acting Company)
Raphael Parry, Killer Joe (Hellgrammite Productions in association with The MAC)
Jerry Russell, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Stage West)
Best Design, Team and Individual:
The design team for Dainty Shapes and Hairy Apes, or The Green Pill (Our Endeavors Theatre Collective): lighting by Tristan Decker; set by Russell Parkman; costumes by Patrick Johnson; makeup and hair by Ryan Matthieu Smith; puppets by David Goodwin; sound by John Flores; fight choreography by Gary Minyard; and properties by Marielle Boneau.
The design team for Killer Joe (Hellgrammite Productions in association with The MAC): set by Scott Osborne; costumes by Happy Yancey; lighting by Robert G. McVay; sound by Marco E. Salinas; audio/visuals by Dave Tenney; props by Judy Niven; and fight choreography by Gary Minyard.
Bill Bullard and Suzi Shankle, costume designs for Red Scare on Sunset (Uptown Players)
Zak Herring, set design for Frankenstein (Dallas Children's Theater)
Kevin Rigdon, lighting design for Topdog/Underdog (Dallas Theater Center)
Randel Wright, set designs for Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas) and Marriage Play (WingSpan Theatre Company)
Klara Zieglerova, set design for Hamlet (Dallas Theater Center)
Special Citations to:
WaterTower Theatre, for sponsoring the Out of the Loop Festival, which gives performance opportunities to new companies and new plays.
The Live Theatre League of Tarrant County, for their charitable and community work, and for setting a high standard of cooperation between league members.
Voting members in the DFW Theater Critics Forum, besides yours truly, are Nancy Churnin, Tom Sime and Lawson Taitte from The Dallas Morning News; Martha Heimberg, Dallas Weekly; Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice; and Mark Lowry and Perry Stewart of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.