Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2011-12

Here are my annual picks for the best of Philadelphia theater:

Best Play: August: Osage County (Arden)
Honorable mention: The Island (Lantern)

Best Actor, Male: Frank X, The Island (Lantern)
Honorable mention: Brian McCann, The Tempest (Curio); Griffin Stanton-Ameisen, Hamletmachine (Renegade)

Best Actor, Female: Grace Gonglewski, August: Osage County (Arden)
Honorable mention: Janice Rowland, The Amish Project (Renegade)

Best Supporting Actor, Male: James Ijames, Whale Optics (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental)
Honorable mention: Matt Pfieffer, A Behanding in Spokane (Theatre Exile); Robert Laponte, The Tempest (Curio); Sebastian Cummings, Automatic Fault Isolation (HellaFresh)

Best Supporting Actor, Female: Kate Brennan, Bachelorette (Luna)
Honorable mention: Emilie Krause, Krista Apple, Our Class (Wilma)

Best Ensemble: Our Class (Wilma)
Honorable mention: Little Gem (Inis Nua)

Best Director: Allen Radway, Black Monk (Simpatico)
Honorable mention: Dan Hodge, The Tempest (Curio); Blanka Zizka, Our Class (Wilma)

Best New Play: Automatic Fault Isolation, John Rosenberg (HellaFresh)
Honorable mention: Pardon My Invasion, Joy Cutler (Plays and Players)

Set Design: Dan Hodge, The Tempest (Curio)

Costume Design: Alisa Sickora-Kleckner, Boston Marriage (1812)

Lighting Design: Matt Sharp, Savage/Love, Tongues (New City)

Sound Design: Kevin Francis (original score by Juan Gabriel Turbay), Whale Optics (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental)

See also my picks for 2009/10 and 2010/11

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Christopher Munden

Your faithful correspondent and publisher Christopher Munden has written and edited for many publications, websites, and cultural institutions. He was an editor/publisher of the Philly Fiction book series, collections of short stories written by local writers and set in Philadelphia. He's also a soccer coach and a pretty good skier.