Best of 2016 BWW Rhode Island – Critics' Picks: As Selected by Your Local Reviewers

Best of 2016 BWW Rhode Island – Critics' Picks: As Selected by Your Local Reviewers

by Robert Barossi, Veronica Bruscini, Larry O'Brien and Andria Tieman

2016 was a year for imagination and innovation on Rhode Island stages. Here's a look back on some of the productions that stole the spotlight in the Ocean State this season.

Best Play

Black Coffee - The Granite Theatre

A Christmas Carol - Trinity Repertory Company

Dracula - OUT LOUD Theatre

Stupid F#%*ing Bird - The Wilbury Group

To Kill a Mockingbird - Trinity Repertory Company

Ui [oo-ey] - The Wilbury Group

The Winter's Tale - The Gamm

Best Musical

Avenue Q - Ocean State Theatre Company

Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Best Director - Play

Kevin Broccoli - Harold & Maude - 2nd Story Theatre

John Cillino - Black Coffee - The Granite Theatre

Kira Hawkridge - Dracula - OUT LOUD Theatre

Brian McEleney - To Kill a Mockingbird - Trinity Repertory Company

James Dean Palmer - A Christmas Carol - Trinity Repertory Company

Josh Short - Ui [oo-ey] - The Wilbury Group

Fred Sullivan, Jr. - The Winter's Tale - The Gamm

Best Director - Musical

Richard Jenkins and Sharon Jenkins - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Wendy Overly - Murder Ballad - Wilbury Theatre Group

Jason Parrish - Avenue Q - Ocean State Theatre Company

Ashley Teague - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Best Actor, Leading Role - Play

Tony Estrella - The Winter's Tale - The Gamm

Michael Jepson - Black Coffee - The Granite Theatre

Padriag Mahoney - The Hound of the Baskervilles - Rhode Island Stage Ensemble

Brian McEleney - A Christmas Carol - Trinity Repertory Company

David Tessier - Ui [oo-ey] - The Wilbury Group

Stephen Thorne - To Kill a Mockingbird - Trinity Repertory Company

Best Actor, Leading Role - Musical

Tommy Labanaris - Avenue Q - Ocean State Theatre Company

Jake Loewenthal - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Nate Suggs - Anything Goes - Ocean State Theatre Company

Charlie Thurston - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Brad Wilson - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Joe Wilson, Jr. - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Best Actress, Leading Role - Play

Angela Brazil - To Kill a Mockingbird - Trinity Repertory Company

Karen Carpenter - The Winter's Tale - The Gamm

Jeanine Kane - The Winter's Tale - The Gamm

Sarah Leach - Dracula - OUT LOUD Theatre

Hannah Lum - Total Strangers - Epic Theatre Company

Brittany Rolfs - The Miracle Worker - Ocean State Theatre Company

Best Actress, Leading Role - Musical

Jeannette Bayardelle - Sister Act - Theatre by the Sea

Rachel Clausen - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Laura Lyman Payne - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Rachael Warren - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Rochelle Weinrauch - Avenue Q - Ocean State Theatre Company

Best Actor, Supporting Role - Play

Richard Donelly - The Winter's Tale - The Gamm

Vince Petronio - Ui [oo-ey] - The Wilbury Group

Best Actor, Supporting Role - Musical

Greg LoBuono - Billy Elliot - Ocean State Theatre Company

Mark S. Cartier - 1776 - Ocean State Theatre Company

Jared Dixon - Sister Act - Theatre by the Sea

Matt Ketai - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Christopher Swan - 1776 - Ocean State Theatre Company

Stephen Thorne - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Best Actress, Supporting Role - Play

Ottavia De Luca - Dracula - OUT LOUD Theatre

Rachel Dulude - Stupid F#%*ing Bird - The Wilbury Group

Rachel Dulude - Ui [oo-ey] - The Wilbury Group

Meg Taylor-Roth - The Final Voyage of X Minus One - Counter-Productions Theatre Company

Rachael Warren - A Christmas Carol - Trinity Repertory Company

Best Actress, Supporting Role - Musical

Elise Arsenault - Avenue Q - Ocean State Theatre Company

Rebecca Gibel - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Katie Howe - Anything Goes - Ocean State Theatre Company

Marina Morrissey - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Best Ensemble Cast - Play

Black Coffee - The Granite Theatre

A Christmas Carol - Trinity Repertory Company

Stupid F#%*ing Bird - The Wilbury Group

To Kill a Mockingbird - Trinity Repertory Company

Ui [oo-ey] - The Wilbury Group

The Winter's Tale - The Gamm

Best Ensemble Cast - Musical

Avenue Q - Ocean State Theatre Company

Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Best Choreography

Richard Jenkins and Sharon Jenkins - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Ashley Teague - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Best Costumes

Montana Blanco - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Jessie Darrell Jarbadan - The Winter's Tale - The Gamm

Emily Taradash - Anything Goes - Ocean State Theatre Company

Emily Taradash - White Christmas - Ocean State Theatre Company

Best Scenic Design

Anshuman Bhatia - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

David Jepson - Black Coffee - The Granite Theatre

Eugene Lee - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Ken Martin - The Miracle Worker - Ocean State Theatre Company

Michael McGarty - Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage - Trinity Repertory Company

Michael McGarty - To Kill a Mockingbird - Trinity Repertory Company

Bert Scott - Anything Goes - Ocean State Theatre Company

Cindy Strobel - The Hound of the Baskervilles - Rhode Island Stage Ensemble

Best Lighting Design

Anshuman Bhatia - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Eugene Lee - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Max Ponticelli - Harold & Maude - 2nd Story Theatre

Seth Reiser - A Christmas Carol - Trinity Repertory Company

Byron Winn - To Kill a Mockingbird - Trinity Repertory Company

Best Sound Design

Janie Bullard - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Peter Sasha Hurowitz - To Kill a Mockingbird - Trinity Repertory Company

Miles Polaski - A Christmas Carol - Trinity Repertory Company

Andy Russ - Ui [oo-ey] - The Wilbury Group

Best Musical Direction

Yan Li - Side Show - Brown/Trinity Rep

Michael Rice - Oklahoma! - Trinity Repertory Company

Special Mentions

Best Concert/Musical Performance

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire (Heart and Soul Tour 3.0) - Dunkin' Donuts Center

The Happy Together Tour 2016 - Park Theatre

The Piano Guys - Providence Performing Arts Center

Richard Nader's Doo Wop and Rock & Roll All Stars - The Vets

Rosanne Cash - The Vets

Best Dance/Special Performance

Festival Ballet Providence - Swan Lake

Festival Ballet Providence - Up Close on Hope: Spring Program

Karen Sklaire - Ripple of Hope: One Teacher's Journey to Make an Impact - Community College of Rhode Island

Best Touring Production

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - Providence Performing Arts Center

The King & I - Providence Performing Arts Center

Pippin - Providence Performing Arts Center

Ragtime - Providence Performing Arts Center

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Pictured: Brown/Trinity Rep's Side Show - Laura Lyman Payne as Daisy Hilton and Rachel Clausen as Violet Hilton

PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Turek

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