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Kenny Leon, Maureen McGovern, Diane Paulus, Rachel York et al. Receive IRNE Awards

Rachel York in Hello Dolly!
(© Reagle Players)
Winners have been announced for The Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, which were held on Monday, April 19.

Diane Paulus won for Best Director of a Musical for A.R.T.'s Best of Both Worlds, while Kenny Leon won Best Director of a Play for Huntington's production of Fences. Israel Horovitz's Sins of the Mother and David Grimm's The Miracle at Naples received awards for Best New Play. The Color Purple received an award for Best Visiting Production.

Individual acting awards went to Marianna Bassham (Reckless/Blackbird), John Beasley (Fences), Shana Dirik (Sweeney Todd), Ben DiScipio (Sweeney Todd), Kate Donnelly (Bash), David Engel (La Cage Aux Folles), James Fitzpatrick (The Producers), Gabriel Kuttner (Speed-the-Plow), Will Lebow (Romance), Crystal Fox (Fences), Jennifer Beth Glick (Seussical), R.Glen Michell (Mame/La Cage Aux Folles), Jacqui Parker (A Civil War Christmas), Robert Pemberton (Speed-the-Plow), Angela Robinson (The Color Purple), Timothy John Smith (Jerry Springer the Opera/Kiss Me, Kate), and Rachel York (Hello Dolly!).

Solo performance awards were given to Maureen McGovern for A Long and Winding Road and Tim Ruddy in Swan Song. Ensemble awards were given to Hartford Stage's Dividing the Estate and Apollinaire Theatre's Dark Play, Or Stories for Boys.

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