Theater CEAs a Big Hit Last Night

The 13th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Theater were handed out last night in a loose, fun event at Below Zero Lounge in Over-the-Rhine. Amazingly, 11 different local theater organizations took home a trophy: Cincinnati Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare, Know Theatre, College-Conservatory of Music, New Stage Collective, New Edgecliff Theatre, Cincinnati Music Theatre, Footlighters, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts and Artemis Exchange for a production at the 2009 Cincy Fringe Festival.—-

Awards were handed out in 20 categories, 12 of which were determined by a public vote and eight of which were determined by a panel of local theater critics and writers.

The trio behind Landmark Productions (Jennifer Perrino, Tim Perrino and Denny Reed) were inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame for their careers guiding the Showboat Majestic, Covedale Center and Cincinnati Young People's Theatre Festival. That's Tim and Jennifer at the podium in the photo (click to enlarge).

Rick Pender offers his thoughts on last night's event and the CEA program here. See photos from last night here.

You can find all the winners and nominees here, and Rick's tribute to the newest CEA Hall of Famers is here.

Thanks to everyone for attending the event and for supporting live theater in Greater Cincinnati. And special thanks to Nigel at Below Zero for hosting us again, Terry LaBolt for accompanying us again and Sierra at Coffee Emporium for providing yummy food to make us feel even better.

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