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LADCC 2016 AWARD SHOW PHOTOS

The 48th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award show was held on March 20, 2017 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Congratulations to all the award recipients and nominees! Here is a selection of photos from the event. Thanks very much to our photographer, Jayne Calucag! The full array of photos is available at her website, JayneCalPhotography.com, and a link to the specific page for this show is here: https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-cztvTQ/

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  Cast and production members from the Antaeus Theatre Company’s production of Cloud 9, the recipient of the most awards at this year’s show.

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Will North and Lewis Wilkenfeld from Cabrillo Music Theatre, the recipient of this year’s Joel Hirschhorn award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre. Jonas Schwartz, vice-president of the LADCC, stands in the middle.

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Jared A. Sayeg, recipient of this year’s Kinetic Lighting award for outstanding achievement in theatrical design.


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Bill Brochtrup and Casey Stangl, representing the Antaeus Theatre Company, a recipient of the McCulloh award for Best Revival for Cloud 9.

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The cast of Center Theatre Group’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a recipient of the McCulloh award for Best Revival.

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Deborah Puette, recipient of Best Solo Performance for Rogue Machine Theatre’s Captain of the Bible Quiz Team.

p7 Michael A. Shepperd, a recipient of Best Direction for Celebration Theatre’s The Boy From Oz.

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John Sloan, Kitty Swink, Ana Rose O’Halloran and Bill Brochtrup, representing Antaeus Theatre Company, recipient of the Margaret Harford award for sustained excellence in theatre.

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Ginna Carter, a recipient of Best Lead Performance award for Pacific Resident Theatre’s Eccentricities of a Nightingale.

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Ensemble and production members of Celebration Theatre’s The Boy from Oz, a recipient of Best Production.

RECIPIENTS OF THE 48TH ANNUAL LADCC AWARDS

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 48th annual LADCC awards.  They are as follows:

Production

 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company.

Disgraced, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.

The Boy from Oz, Celebration Theatre.

  McCulloh Award for Revival (plays written between 1920 and 1991)

Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.


Lead Performance

 Andrew Bongiorno in The Boy from Oz, Celebration Theatre.

Ginna Carter in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Pacific Resident Theatre.

Hari Dhillon in Disgraced, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.

 Featured Performance

 JD Cullum in Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company.

Bo Foxworth in Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company.

Bess Motta in The Boy from Oz, Celebration Theatre.

Ensemble Performance

 Casa Valentina, The Pasadena Playhouse.

Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.

Solo Performance 

Deborah Puette, Captain of the Bible Quiz Team, Rogue Machine Theatre.

 Direction

 Michael A. Shepperd, The Boy from Oz, Celebration Theatre.

Casey Stangl, Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company.

Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

Writing

Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.

Erik Patterson, One of the Nice Ones, The Echo Theater Company.

 Musical Score

Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

Music Direction

 Bryan Blaskie, The Boy from Oz, Celebration Theatre.

Choreography

 Janet Roston, The Boy from Oz, Celebration Theatre.

Set Design

 Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theatre Group/ Ahmanson Theatre. 

CGI/Video Design

 Brad Peterson and David Gallo, Empire the Musical, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Lighting Design

 Rui Rita and Jake DeGroot, Fly, The Pasadena Playhouse.

 Costumes

Kate Bergh, Casa Valentina, The Pasadena Playhouse.

A. Jeffrey Schoenberg, Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company.

 Sound Design

Eric Snodgrass, The Boy from Oz, Celebration Theatre.

Specialty: Fight Choreography

Jen Albert, Punch and Judy, The School of Night, Ruby Theater at the Complex.

 

Specialty: Wigs, Hair and Makeup

 Rick Geyer, Casa Valentina, The Pasadena Playhouse.

Jessica Mills, Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company.

The following special award winners were previously announced:

2016 Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre

Antaeus Theatre Company.

2016 Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre

Rogue Machine Theatre.

2016 Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play

Aliza Goldstein for A Singular They, originally produced by the Blank Theatre.

2016 Kinetic Lighting Award for outstanding achievement in theatrical design

Jared A. Sayeg.

2016 Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre

Cabrillo Music Theatre.

2016 Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction

Maria Gobetti.

 2016 Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community

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PACIFIC OVERTURES – Chromolume Theatre at the Attic

Photo by Ederson Vasquez

Photo by Ederson Vasquez

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Premiering in 1976, this unique and unusual musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, and additional material by Hugh Wheeler, has no love story and no romantic ballads. Instead, it provides a lively impressionistic history of the Westernization of Japan, from 1853, when Commodore Perry opened up the isolated nation to world trade, to the present.       Read more…

Now running through December 17

MAGIC FRUIT – Cornerstone Theater Company at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Photo by Jenny Graham

Photo by Jenny Graham

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

Magic Fruit is the latest (and last) offering in the Cornerstone Theater Company’s Hunger Cycle of nine plays exploring “hunger, justice and food equity issues.” It opens with sisters Tami (Cristina Frias) and Kiko (Rachael Portillo), frantic and bedraggled, stumbling through a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles in search of refuge from a shadowy serpentine monster — hunger itself.
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Now running through December 10

THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Kevin Parry for the Wallis

Kevin Parry for the Wallis

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Marketed as family fare, The Heart of Robin Hood, David Farr’s feminist twist on the classic legend, is perhaps more suitable for kids than for grown-ups. Co-directed by Icelandic artists Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir, it’s a pleasant two-hour interlude that serves up an attractive spectacle…
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

The Wallis in Beverly Hills has a tradition of bringing International Theatre companies to local audiences. Currently they are presenting Vesturport’s The Heart of Robin Hood direct from Iceland. There is no ice on stage but there is a lot of green in Borkur Jonsson’s scenic design…
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Margaret Gray – LA Times

Deep in “The Heart of Robin Hood,” a production by the Icelandic company Vesturport, Maid Marion confesses to her sidekick/BFF Pierre that she has fallen in love with the outlaw Robin Hood.

“But he’s brutish and emotionally unavailable,” Pierre replies.
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Now running through December 17

A CHRISTMAS CAROL at A Noise Within

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

A Christmas Carol is perfect fare for the holidays. It captures the importance of giving, sharing with loved ones, and reevaluating past choices. A Noise Within‘s co-producing artistic director Geoff Elliott has created his own adaptation, which has been performed at the theater for the last six years.
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PANG! at 24th STreet Theatre

Photo by John Pemble

Photo by John Pemble

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

A couple of years ago, looking to do a piece on socioeconomic disparity, Dan Froot & Company conducted a series of interviews with families suffering from food insecurity. From these interviews — in Los Angeles, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Miami — came three short pieces, designed as radio plays but meant to be produced as a theatre event with live performances, sound effects and music.
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Deborah Klugman – Tolucan Times

A beautifully designed radio play staged before a live audience, Pang! relays the stories of three American families who struggle each day with stresses brought on by poverty and want.
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SOMETHING ROTTEN at the Ahmanson Theatre

Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

Just in time for the holidays, the rambunctious, crowd-pleasing national tour of Something Rotten! has opened at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre. This original musical, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, is a rare show that is equally enjoyable for theatre aficionados and more casual patrons alike.
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

There is nothing rotten to be found in Something Rotten!, a joyously over-the-top musical at the Ahmanson Theatre that spoofs and celebrates anything and everything about musical theatre. How can you not love a musical that celebrates The Black Death in song?
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Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

I’m of two minds about this upbeat musical (the bus and truck production of the 2014 Broadway hit) which is about theater during Shakespeare’s time. Credited to Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, it’s cheerful, peppy, energetic, and at times quite cute.
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Now running through December 31

THE LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL at L.A.T.C.

Photo by Xavi Moreno

Photo by Xavi Moreno

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

Both a gentle parody of the celebrity Christmas specials that ran on network television in the ’60s and ’70s, and a poignant memory play, is a goofy, spirited, lark running at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
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Now running through December

 

deLEARious at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

It takes guts, or gleeful insanity, to tackle the three pillars of civilization: the Judeo-Christian Bible, Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and audition songs.

Whatever the motivation, Phil Swann and Ron West do exactly that in “deLEARious,” Open Fist Theatre Company’s revival of its 2008 production, playing through Dec. 16 in Atwater Village.
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

I must admit I was getting a bit delirious watching deLEARious, “a madcap musical” (their words not mine), at Open Fist Theatre Company because I thought it would never end. This interminable attempt to outdo Mel Brooks and Spamalot fell on its own sword, repeatedly.
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Now running through December 16

CHASING MEM’RIES at the Geffen Playhouse

Photo by Chris Whitaker

Photo by Chris Whitaker

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

The individual elements may be among the best, but that’s not always sufficient to construct a worthy piece of theater.

Take, for example, “Chasing Mem’ries,” subtitled “A Different Kind of Musical,” in its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse through Dec. 17. It boasts lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, whose astonishingly prodigious work, if you’re of a certain age, may have formed a soundtrack of your life.
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Josh Ravetch’s Chasing Mem’ries, receiving its World Premiere at The Geffen Playhouse, is subtitled “A different kind of musical”. It definitely is different in that none of the three cast members actually sings a song—instead they talk sing their way through like Rex Harrison did in My Fair Lady.
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Now running through December 17

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at Actors Co-op

(Photo by John Dlugolecki)

(Photo by John Dlugolecki)

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

Director Linda Kerns and a spirited cast do an excellent job with this old “chestnut” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. It’s rarely produced and tricky to stage successfully because of its dizzying carousel of characters and dated strain of humor. This production is a welcome addition to the usual L.A. theater offerings that make the rounds during the holiday season.

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

The noted playwriting team of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman wrote their comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner in 1939 and the Broadway production starring Monty Wooley ran for 739 performances.
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Now running through December 17

YERMA IN THE DESERT at Greenway Court Theatre

Photo by Luis Kelly-Duarte

Photo by Luis Kelly-Duarte

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

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Now running through December 16

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS at the Little Fish Theatre

Photo by Mickey Elliott

Photo by Mickey Elliott

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

It’s Dec. 16 in the New Jersey home of Lou and Carol. Their daughter Pia has grown into a foul-mouthed, somewhat Goth adult, his younger sister Mona gets on his nerves, and Carol is just too amenable.
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Now running through December 11