Obie honors to Foreman plays

'Pearls for Pigs' and 'Bonita Canova' celebrated

Avant-garde icon Richard Foreman took the best play prize Monday for a pair of his productions, “Pearls for Pigs” and “Benita Canova,” at the 43rd annual Obie Awards for Off and Off Off Broadway.

Multiple winners included the WPA Theater’s “Dinah Was,” honored for performances by Yvette Freeman and Adriane Lenox; New York Theater Workshop’s “More Stately Mansions,” for director Ivo van Hove and performers Tim Hopper and Joan MacIntosh; “Bob,” for Darron L. West’s sound and Mimi Jordan Sheridan’s lighting; the Public Theater’s “On the Town,” for performers Lea DeLaria and Mary Testa; Classic Stage Co.’s “Therese Raquin” for director David Esbjornson and actress Elizabeth Marvel; and the hit tuner “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” whose entire cast received special citations, with creator John Cameron Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask also singled out.

Other actors receiving Obies were: Joseph Wiseman (“I Can’t Remember Anything”), Heather Gillespie (“Mamba’s Daughters”), Marie Mullen (“The Beauty Queen of Leenane”), Matthew Maguire (“I Don’t Know Who He Was and I Don’t Know What He Said”) and J. Smith Cameron (“As Bees in Honey Drown”).

Obies for sustained excellence went to actors David Patrick Kelly, Kate Valk and Brian Murray, director Jo Bonney, sound designer Mark Bennett and music director and pianist Alan Johnson. A sustained achievement honor was given to lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, and Buzz Cohen was honored for stage management.

Special citations also went to the Target Margin Theater’s “Mamba’s Daughters,” Karen Finley for “The American Chestnut” and the creators of “70 Hill Lane.”

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