Las Vegas Red Carpet Valley Awards Other Desert Cities

A moment from Other Desert Cities at Las Vegas Little Theatre. Left-right: Kim Glover and Mary Foresta. Photo by Susannah Smitherman. Las Vegas Little Theatre’s taut production of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities gets a Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards “Valley Recommended” nod

The Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards adjudicators had no conflict on our clean red carpet this year. Which is now recommending Las Vegas Little Theatre’s production of Other Desert Cities, Jon Robin Baitz’s family drama about the weight of family secrets. The Valley Awards, a new program to identify, promote and honor the best theatre in Las Vegas year-round, gave it “Valley Recommended” status.

“Holidays with fractured families are stressful already,” said Jacob
Coakley, founder of the Valley Awards. “Adding in an overdue reckoning
about an explosive family secret ensures emotional fireworks, which burn
bright in this producton.”

In Other Desert Cities, struggling author Brooke Wyeth
returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate
Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces
that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic
event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. Ben
Brantley, reviewing the Broadway production, wrote the play was “Built
with gleaming dialogue, tantalizing hints of a dangerous mystery and a
structural care that brings to mind the heyday of Lillian Hellman.” It
plays at Las Vegas Little Theatre from now until May 18, 2014. Tickets
and more info can be found at www.lvlt.org.

Because of its Valley Recommended status, Other Desert Cities will be eligible for the season-ending “Best of” Theatre Awards this summer.

Grail Worthy SpamAlot

The Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards adjudicators didn’t have to quest very long to find that Super Summer Theatre’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot was worthy of knighthood. The production became the first show of the 2014-2015 season to become Valley Recommended.

“The knights of the round table were once again triumphant in their quest for the Grail,” said Jacob C oakley, founder of the Valley Awards. “Luckily, this means all the audiences are winners.”

Monty Python’s Spamalot is “lovingly ripped off” from classic comedy movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail and features such old carpet classics as taunting French knights, coconuts for horses, and the song “Spamalot,” as well as new songs, new characters, and a lot of laughs. It plays at Super Summer Theatre from now until June 28, 2014. Tickets and more info can be found at www.supersummertheatre.org/spamalot.

Because of its Valley Recommended status, Monty Python’s Spamalot will be eligible for the season-ending “Best of” Theatre Awards in 2015.

Audience Choice Ballot for the 2014 Valley Theater Awards

The Valley Awards season runs from June 1-May 31 each year — but we didn’t get started until Jan. 1, 2014. This means a whole host of shows last year couldn’t get recommended! Not only that, but we’re sure you have opinions about what the standout shows of last season were, too! Choose the show you think was the best of the best for this past year, and help it win a prize at the 2014 Valley Theater Awards!

You can vote for your favorite show of the 2013-2014 season here!

Your Invited to The Las Vegas Red Carpet Valley Awards

You’re invited to the 2014 Las Vegas Valley Theater Awards!

The inaugural Valley Awards will be a celebration of all things theatre in the Las Vegas area! In addition to announcing the 11 winners of the first annual Awards, there will be performances from nominated and upcoming shows—and a glimpse into the big plans the Awards have going forward! Don’t miss it! The Awards show takes place Monday, July 14 at 8 p.m. at the Art Square Theatre.Tickets are only $10, and they’re going fast! Be sure to get yours today at www.bit.ly/2014valleyawards.

And even if you can’t make the Awards show (rehearsals happen!) you can still participate! The Audience Choice poll is open for your voting at www.bit.ly/2014audiencechoice.Choose your favorite show of the past year, and be sure and get your friends to vote for theirs, too!

Want a larger voice in what shows get Recommended and honored? The second season of the Valley Theatre Awards started June 1—but it’s not too late to get involved! You can be an adjudicator for the 2014-2015 season and help choose the best of Las Vegas theatre! We’re having an orientation meeting Saturday,July 12 at 11 a.m. (location TBD). If you’d like to attend, just sendus an email and we’ll let you know where to be!