Mariann Mayberry and Keith Kupferer
Mariann Mayberry and Keith Kupferer in Good People
(© Michael Brosilow)

The 45th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held its annual gala at Drury Lane Oakbrook on November 4 to recognize outstanding theater artists in the Chicago area. Top honors went to Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Porchlight Music Theatre.

At the event, Steppenwolf's Good People received the award for Production-Play in a large-tier theater. Chicago Shakespeare's Sunday in the Park With George won the award for Production-Musical in the large-theater category as well as for Director Gary Griffin and Projections Designer Mike Tutaj. The midsize-theater Production-Musical award went to Porchlight Music Theatre's A Class Act.

In addition, a Special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to actor Dale Benson, in recognition of his career in Chicagoland theater. The award presentation by Jeff Awards Chair Diane Hires included a musical montage featuring "Make 'Em Laugh" performed by a chorale of actors.

For more information and a complete list of winners, click here.