Tuesday, 31 January 2017

CREAM OF THE CROP: Woman Tongue, Four Can’t Play earn lion’s share of Thespy nominations

TRIPLE THREAT: Ruth HoShing, Maylynne Lowe and Dennis Titus in a scene from Four Can't Play.

Basil Dawkins’ searing marital drama Four Can’t Play and the acclaimed, ultrafemme revue Woman Tongue lead all contenders for this year’s Thespian Spirit Awards (the Thespies), with five nominations apiece. The nominees were unveiled Monday morning in Kingston by TALLAWAH Magazine, which puts on the annual awards, recognizing excellence in Jamaican theatre. 

Both Four Can’t Play and Woman Tongue are up for Outstanding Ensemble, alongside David Tulloch’s Across the Bridge (three nominations), Not My Child (four nods) and Catherine Mulgrave: An African Odyssey, which also picked up four nominations, for the Mona-based University Players. 

The musicals were not to be outshone, as Jambiz’s well-received fairytale romp Frank the Freak and Father HoLung’s Old Testament spectacle Moses each scored three nominations. 

Now in its sixth year, the Thespies have been dubbed the Golden Globes of the local theatre scene, serving as a precursor to the avidly anticipated Actor Boy Awards. 

The winners of this year’s Thespies will be announced February 28.

> THE NOMINEES: Check out the full list of categories and contenders

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