UPDATED The 2014 Houston Theater Awards: A Year Filled With Sound, Fury and Laughter

Oh, the places we've been! The people we've met!

We've gone to Hell with Satan in Doctor Faustus (Classical Theatre Company); suffered with the Frank family in their Amsterdam garret in The Diary of Anne Frank (A.D. Players); time-traveled backward and forward with ex-wives and new wives in Communicating Doors (Alley Theatre); romped through the deconstruction of fairy tales in Into the Woods (Main Street Theater); had our hearts trampled and seared in an African brothel in Ruined (Obsidian Art Space); wept in sympathy with a puppet horse more alive than the human actors in War Horse (Gexa Energy Broadway); prowled the waterfront with Anna Christie (Theatre Southwest); brawled and got drunk with Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I (Houston Shakespeare Festival); stormed the Parisian barricades with Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (Houston Family Arts Center); learned that size does matter in Cock (Theater LaB Houston); reeled under too much eggnog in A Very Tamarie Christmas (Catastrophic Theatre); fooled the Irish yokels and suffered the consequences in Faith Healer (Stark Naked Theatre Company); laughed as two proper English wives succumb to a former French lover in Fallen Angels (Main Street Theater); disbelieved a petulant prophetess in Cassandra (Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company); and more and more and more. Plus we had the privilege of attending multiple regional premieres and ten world premieres! What an incredible year of theater, full of sound and fury and laughter, too. So many riches.

For our third annual Houston Theater Awards sponsored by the Houston Press, we give you the best of the best. We debated long and loud; the choices difficult because there was so much good stuff to ponder. Theater smacks us awake by showing us the world in all its diversity, a crazy quilt of emotion and enlightenment. The 2013-14 Houston theater season was extremely alive and kicking. We sincerely thank all the following nominees for enriching our lives with their sublime work. Please, sir, kick me again. D.L. Groover

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