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Winners of 27th Artie Awards announced

On June 5, Buffalo's theater community gathered in the 710 Main Theatre to celebrate the annual Artie Awards.

The event, created by theater writer Anthony Chase, is designed to highlight local productions of extraordinary merit and to raise money for local charities.

For most of its life, the Artie Awards gala was sponsored by the alt-weekly publication Artvoice, but due to concerns about that publication's shifting politics, Chase moved it under the umbrella of WBFO and WNED, the public media outlet that broadcasts Chase's popular "Theater Talk" program every Friday morning.

Here are the awardees, with links to Buffalo News reviews of the winning productions and related coverage:

Production of a play: "Jitney," Paul Robeson Theatre

Production of a musical: "Urinetown," Subversive Theatre Collective

Direction of a play: Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola, "The Collection"

Direction of a musical: Jeffrey Coyle, "Urinetown"

Choreography: John Fredo, "Sophisticated Ladies" (Related: a profile of Fredo)

Ensemble of a play: "One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest," Subversive Theatre Collective

Ensemble of a musical: "American Idiot," American Repertory Theatre of Western New York

Actor in a play: Anthony Alcocer, "The (Expletive) with the Hat," Road Less Traveled Productions

Actress in a play: Aleks Malejs, "Grounded," Kavinoky Theatre (Related: a preview of "Grounded")

Supporting actor in a play: Tom Makar, "After the Revolution," Jewish Repertory Theatre

Supporting actress in a play: Lisa Vitrano, "The Winter's Tale," Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Actor in a musical: Marc Sacco, "Evita," MusicalFare Theatre

Actress in a musical: Michele Marie Roberts, "Evita," MusicalFare Theatre

Supporting actor in a musical: Joseph Donohue III, "Million Dollar Quartet," MusicalFare Theatre

Supporting actress in a musical: Sara Kow-Falcone, "American Idiot," American Repertory Theatre of Western New York.

Set design: Paul Bostaph, "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," New Phoenix Theatre

Lighting design: John Rickus, "Frankenstein," Road Less Traveled Productions (related: a preview of "Frankenstein")

Costume design: Jimmy Janowski and Todd Warfield, "Cleopatra," Buffalo United Artists

Emanuel Fried Award for new play: Neal Radice, "I'm Fine," Alleyway Theatre

Career Achievement Award: Jimmy Janowski

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