Local play wins seven at the Barrymore’s

    The Philadelphia theater community came together Monday night to honor their best. At the end of the evening one play had swept the 15th annual Barrymore Awards.

    The Philadelphia theater community came together Monday night to honor their best. At the end of the evening one play had swept the 15th annual Barrymore Awards.

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    An original play written in Philadelphia and staged at the Arden Theater called “Something Intangible” won seven awards at the Barrymore’s, including best new play, best director, best actor, and outstanding overall production.

    The play about two brothers running a movie animation studio in Hollywood drew heavily on the story of Walt Disney and his brother Roy. Director Terry Nolan said he was surprised by the audience’s reaction.

    Nolan: Audiences were weeping and standing up at the end. I knew the show was moving and compelling, but I thought audiences would laugh a lot more. When I would ask people why they weren’t laughing more, they said they cared so much about these two brothers.

    “Something Intangible” had a run at the Arden last spring. Nolan says the awards could help it get produced in other cities. Other winners include “Cinderella” at People’s Light and Theater for best musical, and Wilma Theater’s “Scorched” for best ensemble production.

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