Neal Zoren announces his picks for the best in Philadelphia theater, 2014

Ben Dibble, winner of "Best Actor" for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Ben Dibble, winner of “Best Actor” for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Each January, local critic Neal Zoren announces his favorite production, direction, and male and female actor and male and female supporting actor for the previous calendar year. In 2014, Zoren saw an amazing 179 shows. His choices for his 2014 Awards were:

Best Production
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, McCarter Theatre Company
runners up
The Phantom of the Opera, National Tour, Academy of Music
The Rape of Lucrece, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective
The Pillowman, Luna Theater
Fences, People’s Light & Theatre Company

Best Actor
BEN DIBBLE for Herringbone, Flashpoint Theatre
runners up
Adam Green, The Marriage of Figaro, McCarter Theatre
Dan Hodge, The Rape of Lucrece, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective
Keith Conallen, Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq, Wilma Theater
Michael Genet, Fences, People’s Light & Theatre Company

Best Actress
ANN CRUMB for Sunset Boulevard, Media Theatre
runners up
Frederica von Stade, A Coffin in Egypt, Opera Philadelphia
Susan Wilder, Other Desert Cities, Walnut Street Theatre
Tina Packer, Women of Will, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Ellie Mooney, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Walnut Independence on 3

Best Supporting Actor
DEREK SMITH for The Barber of Seville, McCarter Theatre Company
runners up
Jered McLenigan, Julius Caesar, Lantern Theater and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Walnut Independence on 3
Mark Jacoby, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Walnut Street Theatre
Kelly Briggs, Les Misérables, Media Theatre
James-Patrick Davis, As You Like It, Quintessence Theatre Group

Best Supporting Actress
DEIRDRE MADIGAN for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Bucks County Playhouse
runners up
Jennifer Summerfield, Dancing at Lughnasa, Curio Theatre and Hamlet, Hedgerow Theatre
Trice Baldwin, Dancing at Lughnasa, Curio Theatre
Marcia Saunders, Pride and Prejudice, People’s Light & Theatre Company; Cherokee, Wilma Theater; and Incorruptible, Arden Theatre
Karina Arroyave, Water By The Spoonful, Arden Theatre

Best Director
STEPHEN WADSWORTH for The Figaro Plays, McCarter Theatre Company
runners up
Laurence Connor, The Phantom of the Opera, McCarter Theatre
Gay Carducci, Dancing at Lughnasa, Curio Theatre
Kamilah Forbes, Fences, People’s Light & Theatre Company
Samantha Bellomo, Pride and Prejudice, People’s Light & Theatre Company

See NeilsPaper.com for Neil’s full list.

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