Tony Award Winning Best Play “Oslo” Extends to July 16
The Lincoln Center production of J.T. Rogers’ political drama Oslo won this year’s Tony Award for Best Play, an honor that propelled the life of the production as far as the theatre and cast’s schedules would allow. Previously scheduled to close at an earlier date, Oslo will now run until July 16, 2017. The show began previews on March 23, 2017, ahead of an opening night on April 13, 2017. Set in Oslo, Norway as well as other locations around the world from 1992 to 1993, Oslo deals with the secret backroom negotiations that took place during the pivotal Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). In addition to winning the Tony Award for Best Play, Oslo has won many other honors including the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, the Obie Award for Best New American Theater Work, the Obie Ensemble Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play. Beyond the Tony Award for Best Play, the show was also nominated for an addition six Tony Awards, with Michael Aronov winning the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play. With less than two weeks remaining in the run, tickets are hard to come by, but the show could not extend for any longer. Not to worry, there will be other chances to see this great work come to life; the show will play the National Theatre in London starting September 2017, followed by the West End in London from September 30, 2017 to January 6, 2018. In addition, a film adaptation of Oslo is in the works, with a screenplay by J.T. Rogers and produced by Marc Platt, the producer behind such films as La La Land, Bridge of Spies, and Wicked.
While A Doll’s House, Part 2 did not win the Tony Award for Best Play, it was highly recognized at the ceremony. Due to excellent buzz and recognition, the show has announced it will run all throughout the summer and fall, with the new closing date of January 7, 2018. This new play by Lucas Hnath began previews on March 30, 2017, ahead of an opening night on April 27, 2017. Directed by Sam Gold, the show stars Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell, and Condola Rashad. The production was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning one: for Laurie Metcalf for the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. The play had the unique honor of receiving nominations the entire cast; in addition to Metcalf’s nomination, Chris Cooper was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, and Jayne Houdyshell and Condola Rashad were both nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, an award that Houdyshell won the previous year for The Humans. Furthermore, Sam Gold was nominated for Best Direction of a Play, David Zinn was nominated for Best Costume Design of a Play, and Jennifer Tipton was nominated for Best Lighting Design of a Play. While the turn-out of the awards ceremony was somewhat disappointing with all of that anticipation, the recognition was undeniable. The announcement of the extension was made on June 5, 2017, prior to the Tony Awards ceremony. Nevertheless, this comedic follow-up to the Ibsen classic A Doll’s House will live on much longer than the originally announced 16-week limited engagement. Ticket sales have improved dramatically since the Tony Award nominations were announced, but the show is still far from selling out, so tickets should be not too hard to come by for those looking for an excellent piece of theatre, anytime from now until January 7, 2018.
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