The Tony nominations are still a little over a month away, but the noms for the big dance’s Off-Broadway equivalent, the Lucille Lortel Awards, were announced yesterday. Some of them might also turn up on the Pulitzer Prize for drama shortlist in ten days, so pay attention! With its decidedly non-musical focus, the three productions earning the most ’10 Lortel nominations are the Roundabout Theater’s current revival of Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride (pictured), and Lincoln Center’s When The Rain Stops Falling. Only the latter shows up in the Best Play category, alongside the early gay rights drama The Temperamentals; the gentrification-themed Clybourne Park, Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Brother/Sister Plays at the Public.
The other categories are easier to predict, or at least whittle down to a couple likely winners: Anna Deveare Smith’s Let Me Down Easy is a lock for Solo Show; Outstanding Musical will go to either The Scottsboro Boys or Yank! (which is preparing a Broadway transfer); and Nina Arianda will take Outstanding Lead Actress for Venus in Fur. The most impossible-to-call category has got to be Outstanding Revival, which includes the aforementioned Glass Menagerie, Irish Rep’s Candida and Emperor Jones, the New Group’s Ethan Hawke-directed A Lie of the Mind, and Theatre for a New Audience’s Measure for Measure. The Lortels will be handed out in a ceremony at Terminal 5 on May 2, two days before the Tony noms are announced. (ArtsBeat)