Some Tony nom oversights
LINDA ARMSTRONG Special to the AmNews | 5/9/2012, 5:53 p.m.
The nominating committee missed someone else. In the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, where is the nomination for Crystal Dickinson for her dual performance in "Clybourne Park"? In Act 1, she plays a maid to a rich white family; she has pride and a dignity. She shows respect to her employers, but she also does not want to be too familiar. In Act 2, she plays the niece of a woman who once broke the racial barrier and became the first Black person to buy a home in a white neighborhood. That neighborhood turned Black and the woman has moved out and a white couple is now moving into the now-Black neighborhood.
Dickinson's character makes sure that the white couple buying the house realize how difficult it was for her aunt when she moved into the neighborhood. She wants to make sure that they realize there is a history that needs to be respected. She goes toe-to-toe with the white man buying the house and she stands her ground. Her performance is terrific, but no nomination? That truly makes no sense.
Well, all we can do now is see what happens on Sunday, June 10, at 8 p.m., when the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards present their awards for the best in Broadway theater.