‘Sparrow’ flies high with Jeff Citations

Chicago's theater awards honor best

House Theater of Chicago’s bittersweet tale of a teenage girl with super powers, “The Sparrow,” continued to fly high, receiving seven Jeff Citations, Chicago’s legit honors for outstanding non-Equity productions.

“Sparrow” garnered kudos for production of a play, new work (for writers Chris Matthews, Jake Minton and Nathan Allen), ensemble, direction (Allen), choreography (Tommy Rapley), music (Kevin O’Donnell) and projection design (Lucas Merino).

During the 2006-07 season, the Joseph Jefferson Committee that doles out the prizes considered 127 productions by 55 producing entities.

Bohemian Theater Ensemble took home five Jeffs for its production of the musical “Side Show,” sharing tuner honors with TimeLine’s “Fiorello!,” which garnered four nods.

Eclipse Theater Company, which dedicated its past season to the works of scribe Pearl Cleage, was another big winner. Company’s production of “Blues for an Alabama Sky” won four Jeffs, sharing the award for production of a play with “The Sparrow.”

Stage Left Theater and Lifeline Theater received special awards for their body of work. In addition, Stage Left shared new work honors for “In Times of War” by David Alan Moore, while Lifeline, which specializes in dramatic adaptations of literary works, shared the adaptation citation for Frances Limoncelli’s “Gaudy Night.”

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