Obie Awards laud Shaw, O’Hare, Def

'Talking' cast, Mos Def among legit winners

The Village Voice’s annual Obie Awards for achievement in Off and Off Off Broadway theater were given out Monday night at a ceremony at Webster Hall.

Obies for performance went to the six members of the cast of Alan Bennett’s “Talking Heads”; Mos Def for “Fucking A”; Rosemary Harris for “All Over”; Ty Jones and J. Kyle Manzay for “The Blacks: A Clown Show”; Stephen Mellor for “Bitter Bierce or, the Friction We Call Grief”; Edward Norton for “Burn This”; Jim Norton for “Dublin Carol”; Denis O’Hare for “Take Me Out”; Jason Petty for “Hank Williams: Lost Highway”; Simon Russell Beale for “Uncle Vanya”; Fiona Shaw for “Medea”; Barry Del Sherman for “The Mystery of Attraction”; and John Kani and Winston Ntshona for “The Island.”

Obies for direction were presented to Emily Mann for “All Over” and Deborah Warner for “Medea.”

Design awards went to Kimberly Glennon for her costumes for “The Blacks: A Clown Show” and Anne Lommel for her masks for the same show; Kenneth Posner for sustained excellence in lighting design; and Anthony Ward for his sets for “Uncle Vanya.”

Obies also were given to the production team of “The Romance of Magno Rubio,” “Nita and Zita” and Talking Band’s “Painted Snake in a Painted Chair”; the Brooklyn Academy of Music for its international programming; David Greenspan, the author, director and star of “She Stoops to Comedy”; agent Morgan Jenness for his longtime support of playwrights; and Erika Munk for her editorship of the Yale drama magazine Theater.

A lifetime achievement Obie was given to playwright Mac Wellman, and grants were presented to the Collapsable Hole troupe; Galapagos; and the Immigrant Theater Project.

The Ross Wetzsteon Award was given to Soho Think Tank’s Ice Factory series at the Ohio Theater.

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