|Nominee Laila Robbins (Sorry) and DD winner Richard Kind |
(The Big Knife) at the Drama Desk After-Party
|DD presenter Tonya Pinkins |
and nominee Julia Murney (Falling)
|Ruthie Ann Miles and the cast of |
Here Lies Love performing at the Obies
The highlight of the evening (aside from the standing ovation for Feingold) was Meryl Streep presenting lifetime achievement awards to veteran actresses Frances Sternhagen and Lois Smith. Both have had long careers, mainly on stage, and appeared this season as difficult matriarchs--Sternhagen in Liz Flahive's The Madrid at Manhattan Theatre Club and Smith in Sam Shepard's Heartless at Signature Theatre. Cyndi Lauper broke up the crowd as she read the erudite presentation speeches prepared for her in her thick Brooklyn accent, stumbling over the words and stopping with a wry "You're kidding, right?" The Kinky Boots songwriter handed out Obies to David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for the score of Here Lies Love, Dave Malloy for the score and Rachel Chavkin for the direction of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and costume designer Clint Ramos for sustained excellence. Ironically, Lauper had done the vocal of "Eleven Days" on the concept album of Love.
The owners of the Voice did announce they intend to continue with the Obies which include cash grants to theater companies and for Feingold to keep contributing to the publication and chairing the committee. Let's hope the Obies keep celebrating the unusual, the strange, and the outlandish.
|Lois Smith and Frances Sternhagen |
accepting Lifetime Achievement Obies.