The 2003-04 theatre season won't go down as terribly memorable. But even so, the nominations for the 25th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards (complete list here) are questionable. The statuettes get handed out at a big gala June 28, hosted by Seán Cullen and Louise Pitre, but in the meantime here's NOW's list of Honourary Doras.
The Groaning Mantle Dora
Among them, they've won tons of awards, including Doras, Governor General's Awards and Genies. How else to explain the absence of nominations for writers Michael Healey ( Rune Arlidge ) and Carole Fréchette ( Helen's Necklace ), writer/actor Daniel MacIvor ( Cul-De-Sac ) and actor R. H. Thomson ( Blue/Orange )?
The "I couldn't have done it without my co-stars" Dora
Strange to see actors d'bi.young ( Da Kink In My Hair ) and Chad Dembski ( something about a river ) - good as they were - singled out in ensemble shows. Similarly, Tyley Ross ( The Last Five Years ), Eli Batalion ( Job: The Hip-Hop Saga ) and David Ferry ( Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad ) got nods even though their respective and equally deserving stage partners Blythe Wilson , Jerome Saibil and Irene Poole ended up empty-handed.
The "She should write her acceptance speech now" Dora
In the outstanding performance by a female in a principal role (musical) category, it's Jackie Richardson ( Cookin' At The Cookery ) all the way, baby!
The "Did they have friends on the jury?" Dora
How else to explain nominations for Restitution - An Irish-Canadian Rhapsody (for writer Michael O'Brien and director Sarah Stanley ), Simpl (writer Peter Froehlich and director Richard Rose ) and Tziganes (for choreographer Serge Bennathan )?
The "Did they have enemies on the jury?" Dora
How else to explain the lack of nominations for David Storch ( Amadeus ), Sean Reycraft ( One Good Marriage ) and Helen's Necklace's director Eda Holmes and actor Sanjay Talwar ?
The hot category Dora
I wouldn't want to be on the jury choosing the outstanding performance by a female (independent theatre) award. Rebecca Northan ( Dear Boss ), Michelle Polak ( For Sale ), the Joan ensemble, Tracey Ferencz ( Much Ado About Nothing ), Araxi Arslanian ( Rogues Of Urfa ) and Kate Meehan ( Tape ) are all deserving. firstname.lastname@example.org