The IRNE awards are handed out every year by the Independent Reviewers of New England.
The celebration was last night at the BCA Cyclorama.
Stagesource has the complete list of winners
Best New Play Large Company: Brendan by Ronan Noone
Best New Play Small Company: Surviving the Nian by Melissa Li and Abe Rybeck
The New Rep's Streetcar and the Lyric's Man of LaMancha were big winners also!
Congrats to all.
Scanning over the nominees and the winners, I think it may be time for the IRNE's to think about designating a mid-sized division. Or a fringe division.
As the Lyric, New Rep and Theatre Offensive become more and more developed every year, it starts to seem more and more strange that smaller companies like West End and/or Whistler in the Dark or Way or Zeitgeist are competing with them in the same categories.
Of course, I understand that there will always be upsets, and the IRNE judges are not at all opposed to awarding a performance at the Piano Factory over one at the Arsenal Center Mainstage. And, I guess the idea is to avoid marginalizing smaller theatre. Let them compete, right?!
However, I also completely understand why New Rep and the Lyric shouldn't be made to compete with Broadway in Boston or the massive resources of the Huntington and the ART.