BEST IN SHOW: This year's crop of nominees include powerful musicals and captivating dramas.
THE Patrick Brown comedy-drama Straight Jacket leads this year’s pack of nominees for the Thespian Spirit Awards (the Thespies) with eight nominations, including bids for Outstanding Ensemble, lead actor (Glen Campbell), lead actresses (Dahlia Harris and Nadean Rawlins), sipporting castmates (Sakina Deer and Courtney Wilson), writing and directing.
The sizzling church drama Behind the Pulpit, the debut offering from Lighthouse Productions, has come in second with seven nods, ahead of the pulsating pop-rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, the remount of Basil Dawkins’ Feminine Justice and the family saga Pit to Pulpit, which picked up five nominations apiece.
Also earning multiple mentions: Dredz Productions’ Special Cuts and the Dahlia Harris-penned firecracker Hell & Powder House.
The shows vying for the coveted Outstanding Ensemble award are Behind the Pulpit, Feminine Justice, Hell & Powder House, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pit to Pulpit, Special Cuts and Straight Jacket.
Meanwhile, comedy legend Oliver Samuels is being honoured with the Louise M. Dunk Lifetime Achievement Award.
An annual salute to excellence in Jamaican theatre, the Thespies are presented by TALLAWAH Magazine. This year’s winners will be announced on Feb. 29.
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