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02/29/2012 10:18 am ET

Synetic, Studio Theaters Snag Most Helen Hayes Award Nominations (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON -- Awards season is finally upon us! No, we're not talking about the Oscars -- which are over with in any regard -- we're talking about the Helen Hayes Awards nominations that were released this week.

The prestigious local theater awards, now in their 28th year, will be doled out April 23.

Studio Theatre and its Studio 2ndStage nabbed the most nominations at 19, with experimental dance company Synetic Theatre right behind with 15. As Washington City Paper's Jonathan L. Fischer noted, both are a stark contrast to the Kennedy Center's "Follies," which cost a whopping $7.3 million to mount and only garnered four nods.

What else is up for the prestigious award this year? Click through our slideshow to see who and what are in the running in the various awards categories. For the full list, which includes many more talented theater folk and productions, click here.

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