Looks like the voodoo priestess/housekeeper Cassandra (Tony nominee Shalita Grant) in Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike can look out for more than Hootie Pie! Vanya (recently anointed with six Tony nominations) has just claimed Best Play from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle (which includes EW critic Melissa Rose Bernardo). After four rounds of voting, the madcap comedy starring David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver emerged victorious, with Matilda the Musical taking home Best Musical. No award was given this year for Best Foreign Play.
Special citations included downtown NYC stalwart Soho Rep and uptown musical concert series New York City Center Encores!, plus award-winning scenic designer John Lee Beatty (Tony nommed this year for The Nance) also receiving special honors. To see a complete breakdown of votes by each critic, click here for the full list on the New York Drama Critics’ Circle website.