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Present Laughter 3LIttle Foxes 16As I predicted only yesterday, BOTH Laura Linney AND Cynthia Nixon won awards for their unforgettable roles in the double-cast “Little Foxes.” It was the Outer Critics Circle, who first declared this double victory, which I think will be repeated at both the Drama Desk Awards AND the Tonys, if history is any indicator.

But of course, this is an historic first, the double-casting of female leads in one terrific show. Men have done this before, historically, but not women. Linney won for Best Actress for her Regina-with-a-heart, and Cynthia for the Supporting role of the sad Aunt Birdy. But the actresses both switch parts at alternating performances, so they really were BOTH being honored for BOTH parts, too. As well they should be!Bette Midler and “Hello Dolly” also won. Who could stop her? As did Andy Karl for “Groundhog Day.” “Come from Away” the Canadian Musical about 9/11 won for Best Musical. Jenn Collella, the only character with a song to herself in “Come From Away,” got Best Featured Actress in a musical for her feisty pilot, and Gavin Creel got Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his high-stepping Cornelius Hackl in “Hello, Dolly!”Andy Karl Ground Hog Day 1 as I predicted he would.

The Outer Critics Circle made up from critics who write for newspapers and websites outside the Tri-State area. Their reviews are read outside New York City and all over the world. This redoubtable, historic group, the O.C.C., are always the first to announce their awards, and often predict how the following  theater awards, the Drama Desks, the Tonys, will go, especially in the Actors’ categories. Oh! And Danny DeVito, in his Broadway debut, as the kibbutzing  furniture appraiser in “The Price” won for Best Featured Actor in a Play, and Kevin Klein for “Present Laughter” as Best Actor in a Play.

The Outer Critics have a long history of awarding Off Broadway plays in their separate categories. The winners this year were “If I Forget” for Best New Off Broadway Play and “The Band’s’ Visit,” which is moving to Broadway next season, won Best New Off-Broadway Musical. Kudos to all!

For a complete List of winners go to OuterCritics.org.

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