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Bailiwick's The Wild Party Takes Home 8 Wins at Non-Equity Jeff Awards

The annual celebration of Chicago theater was held last night.

A scene from The Wild Party at Bailiwick Chicago.
A scene from The Wild Party at Bailiwick Chicago.
(© Michael Brosilow)

Bailiwick Chicago’s production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party and Griffin Theatre’s Men Should Weep took home top honors at last night's 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony at Park West. The event, emceed by Chicago actors Karl Hamilton and Sarah Hayes, featured a total of 118 nominations in 24 categories. The yearly celebration recognizes the work of Chicago theaters not under a union contract.

The Wild Party led all musicals with eight awards, including Production-Musical, Ensemble, Direction of a Musical, and Choreography. Its principal actor and actress, Matthew Keffer and Danni Smith, also earned awards in their respective categories.

Men Should Weep earned a total of three awards: Production-Play, Direction of a Play (Robin Witt), and Principal Actress in a Play (Lori Myers).

Meanwhile, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s production of Always…Patsy Cline received the Jeff Award for Production-Revue — one of four awards the theater received throughout the evening, including a second award for Danni Smith for her supporting role as Louise in Always…Patsy Cline.

Click here to read the complete list of winners.