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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    The dates have been announced for the 2023 Outer Critics Circle Awards, honoring the 2022-2023 Broadway and Off-Broadway season, as well as the reconstruction of the acting categories.

    The eligibility cut-off date for nominators to attend a show in the 2022-2023 season will be April 23rd. The OCC Awards Nominations announcement will take place on April 25th, winners will be announced on May 16th, and the awards ceremony will take place on May 25th at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for The Performing Arts.

    The Outer Critics Circle board of directors has voted to remove gender specifications from acting categories as well as expand acting categories to separately include off-Broadway productions. In the previous configuration, actors in Broadway and off-Broadway productions had been nominated together in the same category.
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Outer-Critics-Circle-Awards-Announces-Dates-and-New-Genderless-Acting-Categories-20230124

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    It was only a matter of time before theater awards began to remove gender distinctions. I suspect some other groups will follow suit and the Tonys will watch closely to see how this goes. Some other groups have increased the number of nominees in a given category in order to account for the reduction in separate categories. However, the OCC are actually going to award the same number of actors since they are separating Broadway and Off-Broadway performances. There may prove to be some backlash there, since other categories will still combine the two.

    The Tonys may be slower to adopt this due to the marketing value of acting winners to Broadway audiences. But it does make sense — there’s no difference between male acting and female acting and non-binary performers are doing high-profile, award-worthy work more and more frequently.

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