What would the annual theater awards be without a little drama?
Item: Sister Myotis, Memphis' beloved queen of evangelitainment, is hosting the Ostrander Awards again. It's the God-fearing prayer warrior's sixth time presiding over a yearly bacchanal honoring the best of the best of Memphis theater. But did you know her long-standing association with the event belies a deep and abiding mistrust of thespians?
In a frank 2009 interview, Myotis, the lead deaconess at Good Tidings Apostolic Holiness Christian Fellowship of Saints Church, told the Memphis Flyer that you never know what to expect when dealing with theater people. She'd read "them Jackie Collins books about showbiz types that will lay with anybody that'll give them a starring role." She even carried a stun gun in her purse in case she was propositioned by some modern-day whore of Babylon looking to trade bodily fluids for the opportunity to perform in her church's famous Living Christmas Tree pageant. You've been warned.
- Sister Myotis
Item: This year's best-musical nominees are ecumenically distributed among Playhouse on the Square, Theatre Memphis, and the Hattiloo with nods going to Assassins, Kiss Me, Kate, Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, and Once On This Island. Best-play nominees include All My Sons, Distance, Seminar, The Heiress, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, at Germantown Community Theatre, Theatre South, Circuit Playhouse, Theatre Memphis, and Playhouse on the Square, respectively. This year's recipient of the Eugart Yerian Award for lifetime achievement: Playhouse on the Square's Karin Barile.
Item: No nominations for Theatre Memphis' pitch-perfect production of Rapture, Blister, Burn? Scandalous.