Critics Table Tops at 25: The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards – Arts

Austin Opera’s The Manchurian Candidate (Photo by Erich Schlegel)

A lot of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions were mounted around town between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017, and now, for the 25th time, members of the Austin Critics Table have settled on what was outstanding in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in that span and announced the nominees for the 2017 Critics Table Awards.

The awards mark their 25th anniversary with an influx of new members (15, from online journals and outlets Conflict of Interest TX, Central Texas Live Theatre, Broadway World Austin, Arts & Culture Texas, and Austin Entertainment Weekly) and a reorganization of the traditional honors into 25 categories – five each in the five areas of theatre, design, dance, classical, and visual arts. That’s a significant drop from past years, but be advised: If you don’t see a particular category below, that doesn’t mean work in that field won’t be recognized. Additional honors will be bestowed through “special citations,” some of which will now reflect an individual critic’s recognition of outstanding work.

Earning the most nominations this year were Austin Opera‘s staging of the Cold War thriller The Manchurian Candidate and Sharon Marroquin’s expansive dance Las Cuatro Estaciones: A Story of Human Trees, both of which received seven nominations; and two theatre productions that captured six nods apiece: Penfold Theatre‘s time-spanning racial drama Clybourne Park and Vortex Repertory Company’s premiere of Sarah Saltwick’s A Perfect Robot.

The critics will present the awards in their usual fashion – with drinks in hand – in an informal ceremony on Monday, June 5, 7pm, at Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research #100. The event will also include the induction of four local artists into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame:…

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