Retired New York Times Hollywood correspondent Bernie Weinraub today had his first play, The Accomplices, nominated for a prestigious Drama Desk Award. He was named in the “Outstanding Play” category alongside such theater luminaries as Terrence McNally (Some Men), Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), Tom Stoppard (The Coast Of Utopia), August Wilson (Radio Golf) and David Harrower (Blackbird). “I’m thrilled. To be in the company of these writers is a little overwhelming,” Weinraub told me. “This is such a validation of the play.” (Full Disclosure: Weinraub is one of my closest friends.) The nomination for this prestigious award certainly shows that The New York Times’ recent pan of his play by a freelancer was an anomaly since every other major media gave it raves, as I discussed here. Also nominated for “Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play” was The Accomplices‘ Andrew Polk. The Drama Desk, which presented its first awards in 1955, is an organization of theatre critics, writers and editors that honors all areas of New York theatre, including Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. The Accomplices is a New Group presentation about how U.S. leaders ignored the Holocaust and stymied the immigration of European Jews fleeing Hitler in the 1940s. It continues at NYC’s Acorn Theater through May 5.
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