The Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which honour Toronto theatre, dance and opera, announced the nominees for its biggest edition ever Monday – with over 200 nominations in a whopping 48 award categories, up from 35 last year.
Buddies in Bad Times, the queer theatre company run by the talented director Brendan Healy, received 19 award nominations in total, leading the pack.
Arigato, Tokyo, Daniel MacIvor’s new play about a Canadian artist’s midlife crisis in Japan, which Healy directed, got eight nods; Tawiah M'Carthy’s solo show Obaaberima picked up another seven; and Alistair Newton’s Lady Gaga cabaret, Of A Monstrous Child, received four.
Arigato, Tokyo and Obaaberima are up against three other shows for outstanding production in the Doras‘ general-theatre division: The Little Years, John Mighton’s play about time produced by Tarragon Theatre based on a Stratford Festival production; Someone Else, Kristen Thomson’s new play about a comedian’s nervous breakdown produced by Crow’s Theatre in association with Canadian Stage; and Albert Schultz's production of Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible, at Soulpepper.
Both The Little Years and Someone Else were directed by Crow’s artistic director Chris Abraham, who will be competing against himself in the outstanding-direction category.
Actor Maev Beaty is also going to head with actor Maev Beaty in the new outstanding performance by a female category; she is nominated for her performances in the critically lauded Off-Mirvish/Outside The March production of Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus and the premiere of Michael Healey’s Stephen Harper-skewering comedy, Proud.
For a full list of all the nominations in all six divisions, visit tapa.ca/doras.