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April 28, 2009

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Mark Jeffries

As someone who doesn't get overly worked up over the machinations of the Jeff committee and generally think that they even get it right on the mainstream side a lot of the time, I have to say this:

"All My Love?" Nominated for Best New Work? That piece of shit?

(And I don't care if Tony Fiorentino sees this.)

Bilal

Just want to mention something here that I emailed Piatt about personally: The Neos don't invite Jeff Committee because we were told, ages ago, that we cannot be Jeff-eligible. We are classified outside of their purview as a legitimate theatre company, considered instead to be mere performance art, due to some sort of issues with our aesthetic. (That is--our style of performance tends to eschew "acting." So our use of design, directing, writing, and other disciplines are also not worthy of consideration. I guess.)

Kerry Reid

I guess Amanda Hartley better have a speech ready.

Rob Kozlowski

All My Love? Is that the polyamory play? How can that possibly be Jeff-eligible?

Mark Jeffries

My sentiments exactly.

Dianna

Yeah, they seem like a fairly new production company.... don't you have to be in existence at least 2 years before you can even invite the Jeffs? Been awhile, I foget.

Diamante Productions (if you go to their website) looks like they've only done one show....

Ed

They've been around for longer than that- since 2005 I think. Previous productions include Cold Cold Feet, Lease on Love, My Dinner with Amy, Fraternal Instinct etc. They might have only just become eligible with this production. The vibe I get is that Tony is aiming to be a sort of latter day Neil Simon or to create live theatre sitcom- he works to create populist contemporary work with comedic themes, about relationships, etc. Certainly nothing wrong with that, but it does leave him open to criticism from folks not as interested in that kind of theatre. He's among folks who I smiled to see listed. I remain confused about the presence of "Christmas Schooner" on the list though, since it's the umpteenth revival of it by the same company.

Harmony France

This is my humble opinion of course, but I believe that Jenny Lamb was robbed a best supporting actress/musical nomination. She was fantastic in Jacques Brel AND Evita. Brigitte Ditmars was also my favorite part of Gentleman Prefer Blondes. No offense to Hartley at all, but it's kind of bizarre that they just gave it to her with no competition.

Mark Jeffries

They were freaked out by her makeup job in "The Robber Bridegroom?"

(If that's true, WildClaw can look forward to a long line of Jeffs once they become eligible.)

Ed

Did Hartley Salome in that? I thought she was brilliant if I'm thinking of the right actress. Her rendition of "Prickle Pear Bloom" was great.

Harmony France

Yes she was Salome. NO doubt she was great. I'm just saying I think there were other performances that also warranted nominations in that category. That's all.

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