Sarah Steele, Arian Moayed & Jayne Houdyshell in ‘The Humans'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hot on the heels of their Tony nominations, there was more good news for Broadway’s The Humans and Shuffle Along on May 5. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named the former best play of the 2015-16 season, while the latter picked up best musical. The selections were made at the organization’s 81st annual voting meeting. The awards will be presented at a private cocktail reception on May 17.The honor for best play carries a cash prize of $2,500, made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation. The Humans, by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello, opened at the Roundabout Theatre Company on October 25, 2015, and closed January 3. The production transferred to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre on February 18, where it is currently playing.Shuffle Along, book by George C. Wolfe, music by Eubie Blake, lyrics by Noble Sissle, original book by F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles, directed by George C. Wolfe, currently plays at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre where it had its world premiere on April 28.Special citations were voted to Oskar Eustis of the Public Theater; Lois Smith who appeared in the off-Broadway productions of John and Marjorie Prime; and Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld, who were represented on Broadway this season by A View from the Bridge and The Crucible.The New York Drama Critics’ Circle comprises 22 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, which has been awarded every year since 1936 to the best new play of the season (with optional awards for foreign or American plays, musicals and performers), is the nation’s second oldest theater award, after the Pulitzer Prize for drama. View Comments
BACOLOD City – Suspected shabu weighing about nine grams valued at around P135,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 4, Silay City, Negros Occidental. They were detained in the custodial facility of the Silay City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Resident Clemdick Mel Dionio, 33; Joel Gancial, 20, of Barangay E. Lopez, Silay City; and Ian Baylon, 43, of Barangay Balaring, Silay City, yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. The suspects were caught after they sold suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P4,000 around 1 a.m. on June 22, it added.
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Portugal and Spain contest one of the most highly anticipated World Cup group games this year when they meet at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Friday.And that game will be described live on Joy 99.7 FM by George Addo Jnr, Raymond Nyamador and Gary Al-Smith. It has had a huge build up off the pitch, with the recent news that the Spanish Football Federation dismissed manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament in Russia.There is also plenty to look forward to on the pitch, with the attacking flair of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Silva and Marco Asensio on show.The match will be the second tie in Group B, with Morocco facing Iran earlier in the day. It could be the key match in the group, with Portugal and Spain both set to be competing for the top spot.Recent Form (Recorded last six games)Portugal: DWLDDWPortugal have had mixed results in their friendlies leading up to this match. After a disappointing 2-2 draw against Tunisia at the end of May, they recorded a respectable 0-0 draw against Belgium before most recently seeing off Algeria with a comfortable 3-0 victorySpain: WDDWDWWith all the drama off the pitch in recent days, Spain have had a comfortable preparation for the World Cup on the pitch. They recently secured a slightly disappointing but still respectable 1-1 draw with Switzerland, before picking up a 1-0 win against Tunisia most recently. Most fans would expect Spain to beat those two teams quite comfortably, but it’s hard to read into pre-World Cup friendlies – as the matches could have been used for tactical experimentation or as a physical workout for the players.Classic EncounterThe two teams met in a tense encounter in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.Spain had early chances, with Alvaro Arbeloa and Andres Iniesta missing the target, while Cristiano Ronaldo went agonisingly close for Portugal in the second half. The game was full of chances, but was also a cagey affair. The game sprung to life in the last ten minutes, with Portugal missing two free kicks and their goalkeeper producing a fine 95th minute save from Andres Iniesta.Ultimately, the match went to penalties and Spain ran out 4-2 victors in the shootout. Iniesta, Pique, Ramos and Fabregas converted their penalties to send the Spaniards through to the final.Team NewsThe biggest team news for Spain is from the touchline, with the Spanish Football Federation (RSFF) recently dismissing Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament after the former Spanish boss joined Real Madrid without the contest of the RSFF.Lopetegui was unbeaten in 20 international games in charge of the national team, so his new replacement Fernando Hierro has big shoes to fill with a very short amount of time to prepare his squad for the match. Meanwhile, on the pitch, Spain’s only potential injury doubt is Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal, who limped off injured in the Champions League final against Liverpool at the end of May.There is less drama leading up to this game for Portugal, which may work out in their favour on the pitch. Portugal manager Fernando Santos has a fully fit squad to chose from ahead of this tie, with his strike partnership of Cristiano Ronaldo and André Silva set to be the biggest threat for his side.Predicted TeamsPortugal: Patricio; Soares, Pepe, Fernandes, Guerreiro; B.Silva, Carvalho, Joao Mario, Martins; Ronaldo, Silva.Spain: De Gea; Odriozola, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Alcantara, Busquets, Iniesta; Isco, Costa, Silva. Prediction The chaos taking place off the pitch could have a negative impact on Spain, who may not be able to have their full focus on the task in hand. Also, Hierro may have different ideas to Lopetegui, so it could be a confusing time for the Spaniards.This is something Portugal should be able to take advantage of, with a solid midfield base and a very dangerous strike partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo and André Silva leading the line.Prediction: Portugal 2-1 Spain* #JoyWorldCup: Click here for all our World Cup coverage*–Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.