Special Citations: were given to Paula Vogel ,Taylor Mac and the ensemble cast of Jitney
The awards include a cash prize of $2,500 for Best Play, made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation. The awards will be presented at a private cocktail reception on Thursday, May 18.
The 22 critics (from what are deemed the major New York publications) that make up the New York Drama Critics Circle, were originally established in 1935 as an alternative to the Pulitzers. They meet in May to determine the best play, foreign play, and best musical of the season, as well as usually a couple of “special citations.” They choose from any New York theater, and frequently pick Off-Broadway shows.
It’s striking to notice how many of the current (and recent) membership of the Drama Critics Circle have lost or left their jobs.
Check out my 2017 Guide to New York Theater Awards