(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company has received 35 IRNE Award nominations – the most of any theatre company – from the Independent Reviewers of New England for its 2014 productions. The Committee recognized the Huntington with the following nominations:

Venus in Fur by David Ives, directed by Daniel Goldstein (January February 2014)

  • Best Play
  • Best Director (Play): Daniel Goldstein
  • Best Actress (Play): Andrea Syglowski (Vanda)
  • Best Actor (Play): Chris Kipiniak (Thomas)
  • Best Costume Design: Charles Schoonmaker
  • Best Lighting Design: M.L. Geiger

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt, directed by Maria Aitken (March April 2014)

  • Best Play
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Director (Play): Maria Aitken
  • Best Actress (Play): Kate Burton (Arkadina)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Play): Nancy E. Carroll (Andreyevna)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Play): Thomas Derrah (Sorin)

Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez, directed by M. Bevin O’Gara (March – May 2014)

  • Best Actress (Play): Christina Pumariega (Adela)
  • Best Actor (Play): Juan Javier Cardenas (Manny / Little Conquistador)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Play): Rebecca Soler (Martina)

Smart People by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Peter DuBois (May – July 2014)

  • Best Ensemble
  • Best New Play
  • Best Supporting Actress (Play): Miranda Craigwell (Valerie Johnston)
  • Best Projection Design: Aaron Rhyne

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Todd Kreidler, based on the screenplay by William Rose, directed by David Esbjornson (September October 2014)

  • Best Play
  • Best Director (Play): David Esbjornson
  • Best Actor (Play): Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Dr. John Prentice)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Play): Julia Duffy (Christina Drayton)

Ether Dome by Elizabeth Egloff, directed by Michael Wilson (October November 2014)

  • Best Actor (Play): Michael Bakkensen (Dr. Horace Wells)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Play): William Youmans (Dr. Charles Jackson)
  • Best Sound Design: John Gromada & Alex Neumann
  • Best Projection Design: James Youmans
  • Best Lighting Design: David Lander
  • Best Set Design: James Youmans

Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets, directed by Melia Bensussen (November December 2014)

  • Best Play
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Director (Play): Melia Bensussen
  • Best Actor (Play): Eric T. Miller (Moe Axelrod)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Play): Will LeBow (Jacob)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Play): Nael Nacer (Sam Feinschreiber)

The full list of IRNE Award nominations is available online at

The IRNE Awards will be presented on Monday, April 13 at 7:30pm at Boston Center for the Arts’ Cyclorama. The Independent Reviewers of New England Committee includes Sheila Barth, Jules Becker, Kay Bourne, Michael Cox, Beverly Creasey, Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Shirley Esthimer, Rich Fahey, Guy Giampapa, Nancy Grossman, Robert Israel, Becca Kidwell, Bryce Lambert, Beatrice Lee, Kilian Melloy, and Larry Stark. More information at

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Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit

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