New play “Disgraced,” soon to open in an Off Broadway production at Lincoln Center Theater, and the Nathan Lane-toplined staging of “The Iceman Cometh” were among the winners of the Jeff Awards, Chicago’s annual legit awards.
“Iceman,” the Goodman Theater production that earned strong reviews and attracted a fair share of attention from Gotham producers, scored a total of six trophies, including large-scale play production, helmer (Robert Falls), ensemble, and supporting actor (Brian Dennehy). Tally tied with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Follies” — a separate staging from the recent Broadway incarnation — nabbing kudos for large scale tuner and director Gary Griffin, among others.
The Jeff’s award for new play went to Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced,” opening in a separate production at LCT3 next week, shared with Sarah Gubbins’ “The Kid Thing.” New musical laurel went to Aaron Thielen and Michael Mahler’s “Hero.” Local hit “The Doyle and Debbe Show” scored the Jeff for mid-size musical, while an area production of “The Pitman Painters” took the mid-size play title.
A special kudo went to thesps’ union Actors’ Equity Association in honor of the org’s centenary.