As usual, I've prepped by seeing what shows I could -- only about half, though they earned about 2/3 of the nominations -- then reading whatever predictions columns came my way. Then I let it slosh around in my mind before setting to work.
As always, there's a conflict between what we think will win, what ought to win and what we're rooting for. (Yes, theater critics root. Even sportswriters root, no matter how bipartisan they pretend to be.)
This year, the kicker is my rooting interest in August Wilson's "Fences," which set a record for a play of 10 nominations. It won't win them all, but I'd like to see it win more than half, and I think it has a good shot.