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Monday, May 04, 2009


2009 Tony Award Nominations: Best Direction of a Play

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Continuing our Tony Predix, here's


Michael Blakemore, Blithe Spirit
Moises Kaufman, 33 Variations
Anthony Page, Waiting For Godot
Bartlett Sher, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Neil Armfield, Exit the King
Terry Kinney, reasons to be pretty
Simon McBurney, All My Sons
Neil Pepe, Speed-the-Plow

Robert Falls, Desire Under the Elms
David Grindley, The American Plan
David Grindley, The Philanthropist
Doug Hughes, A Man for All Seasons
Phylidia Lloyd, Mary Stuart
Casey Nicholaw, To Be or Not to Be
Jack O'Brien, Impressionism
Michael Parva, Irena's Vow
Ian Rickson, Hedda Gabler
Ian Rickson, The Seagull
Thea Sharrock, Equus
Daniel Sullivan, Accent on Youth
Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage
Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests
Michael Wilson, Dividing the Estate

MODFAB THINKS...that the big question marks here are, as is so often true, the Brits. No less than eight British directors are here (Blakemore, Grindley, Lloyd, McBurney, Page, Rickson, Sharrock, and Warchus), and it'll be a toss-up among a number of them. Will they go with the old, time-tested veteran (Blakemore, Page) or the young upstarts (Lloyd, Rickson, Sharrock)? Will they go out on a limb and realize directing physical farce is deceptively difficult (Warchus)? Personally, I'd prefer they go with Australia's Armfield and Chicago's Kinney, each of whom had difficult texts that they made look effortless.

DARK HORSE: No one was more surprised than me when Lloyd, the director of the paint-by-numbers musical Mamma Mia, created an elegant, spare, sophisticated masterpiece in Mary Stuart. And those that would like to see a woman break into the notorious boys' club of directing might also favor her.

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