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LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE Announces Nominations for Achievements During 2017

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County theatre for the year 2017 (Dec. 1, 2016 – Nov. 30, 2017). The 49th annual LADCC awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 19, 2018, at A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. There is ample, free, on-site parking. All event tickets are $40 and can be purchased at 2018criticsawards.brownpapertickets.com (a small service fee applies) or at the door if available. (Purchased tickets will be held at Will Call.) Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a reception. The show will commence at 7:30 p.m. Inquiries and nominee RSVPs to: criticsawards2018@gmail.com.

Wenzel Jones, a co-host on IMRU, the LGBTQI Radio News Magazine on KPFK 90.7, will host the ceremony.

One or more plaques will be presented in each of 18 categories. One of those achievements has already been voted a plaque: In Writing (Adaptation) Lisa Kron will be honored for Fun Home. Seven special awards will also be presented.

The LADCC special award recipients are as follows:

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre will be awarded to Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, sponsor to be announced.

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre will be awarded to The Theatre @ Boston Court. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by the Nederlander Organization.

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play goes to Alessandro Camon for Time Alone, originally produced by Belle Rêve Theatre Co. at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The award is accompanied by an offer to publish from Broadway Play Publishing.

The Kinetic Lighting Award for distinguished achievement in theatrical design goes to set designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by Kinetic Lighting.

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for distinguished achievement in musical theatre goes to Musical Theatre West’s Reiner Staged Reading Series. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, sponsor to be announced.

The Milton Katselas Award for distinguished achievement in direction goes to Shirley Jo Finney. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

The Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community will be presented to Steven Leigh Morris. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by Center Theatre Group.

The nominees for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for theatrical excellence in 2017 are as follows:

Production

  • 33 Variations, Actors Co-op
  • Ah, Wildnerness!, A Noise Within
  • Caught, Think Tank Gallery
  • Hamilton, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre
  • Trouble in Mind, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
  • With Love and a Major Organ, The Theatre @ Boston Court

McCulloh Award for Revival (plays written between 1920 and 1992)

  • Ah, Wilderness!, A Noise Within
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Antaeus Theatre Company
  • Rhinoceros, Pacific Resident Theatre

Lead Performance

  • Tim Cummings in The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • Carmen Cusack in Bright Star, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Alex Hernandez in Time Alone, Belle Rêve Theatre Co. at the Los Angeles Theatre Center
  • Nan McNamara in 33 Variations, Actors Co-op
  • Joe Morton in Turn Me Loose, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Tonya Pinkins in Time Alone, Belle Rêve Theatre Co. at the Los Angeles Theatre Center
  • Esau Pritchett in King Hedley II, Matrix Theatre
  • Ashley Romans in Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre
  • Debra Jo Rupp in The Cake, The Echo Theater Company
  • Miranda Wynne in Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre

Featured Performance

  • Dawn Didawick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Antaeus Theatre Company
  • Sandra Mae Frank and Sharon Pierre-Louis in Our Town, The Pasadena Playhouse
  • Harry Groener in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Antaeus Theatre Company
  • Ella Joyce in King Hedley II, Matrix Theatre
  • Frances Jue in King of the Yees, Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre
  • Matt McGrath in The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse
  • Larry Powell in The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse

Ensemble Performance

  • Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • King Hedley II, Matrix Theatre
  • Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre

Solo Performance

  • Giovanni Adams, Love Is a Dirty Word, VS. Theatre
  • Alex Alpharaoh, WET: A DACAmented Journey, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles
  • Arye Gross, Underneath the Lintel – An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences, Geffen Playhouse

Direction

  • Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • David Catlin, Moby Dick, South Coast Repertory
  • Thomas Kail, Hamilton, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Michael Michetti, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • Thomas James O’Leary, 33 Variations, Actors Co-op
  • Jaime Robledo, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Sacred Fools Theater Company at the Broadwater

Writing

  • Jon Brittain, Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre
  • Christopher Chen, Caught, Think Tank Gallery
  • Alice Childress, Trouble in Mind, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
  • Dan O’Brien, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, The Theatre @ Boston Court

Writing (Adaptation)

  • Lisa Kron, Fun Home, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre

Musical Score

  • Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten!, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, Fun Home, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre

Music Direction

  • Rob Berman, Bright Star, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • David Lamoureux, Monty Python’s Spamalot, 3-D Theatricals
  • Julian Reeve, Hamilton, Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Choreography

  • Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Matthew Bourne, The Red Shoes, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Keith Young, Five Guys Named Moe, Ebony Repertory Theatre
  • Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris, Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Set Design

  • Nicholas Acciani, 33 Variations, Actors Co-op.
  • François-Pierre Couture, With Love and a Major Organ, The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Joel Daavid, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Sacred Fools Theater Company at the Broadwater.
  • John Iacovelli, King Hedley II, Matrix Theatre.

Lighting Design

  • Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Paule Constable, The Red Shoes, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Elizabeth Harper, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, The Theatre @ Boston Court

Costume Design

  • E.B. Brooks, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse
  • Lez Brotherston, The Red Shoes, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Jenny Foldenauer, A Tale of Two Cities, A Noise Within
  • Linda Muggeridge with Aviva Pressman (masks), Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Sacred Fools Theater Company at the Broadwater
  • Sully Ratke, Moby Dick, South Coast Repertory

Sound Design

  • Ian Dickinson (for Autograph), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, The Encounter, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Christopher Moscatiello, Rhinoceros, Pacific Resident Theatre
  • John Nobori, With Love and a Major Organ, The Theatre @ Boston Court

CGI/Video

  • Nicholas Acciani, 33 Variations, Actors Co-op
  • Hana Sooyeon Kim, With Love and a Major Organ, The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • Tom Ontiveros, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre

Specialty

  • Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi for Aerial/Acrobatic Choreography, Moby Dick, South Coast Repertory
  • Lyndie Wright and Sarah Wright for Puppets, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Every effort has been made to ascertain proper credits for our nominees. We regret any errors or omissions. Any that come to our attention will be corrected here on our website, in the event program, and (when applicable) on a recipient’s award plaque.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles. The 2017 membership consisted of:

Pauline Adamek, ArtsBeatLA.com
Frances Baum Nicholson, Southern California News Group, Stage Struck Review
Paul Birchall, Stage Raw
Katie Buenneke, L.A. Weekly
Erin Conley, On Stage & Screen, OnStage
Lovell Estell III, Stage Raw
Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers, StageHappenings.com
Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times
Hoyt Hilsman, Huffington Post
Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw, L.A. Weekly, Capital & Main
Jenny Lower, Stage Raw, L.A. Weekly
Jon Magaril, CurtainUp.com
Dany Margolies, ArtsInLA.com, Southern California News Group
Myron Meisel, Stage Raw
Terry Morgan, TalkinBroadway.com, Stage Raw
Steven Leigh Morris, LA Stage Alliance
Melinda Schupmann, ShowMag.com, ArtsinLA.com
Jonas Schwartz-Owen, Theatermania.com, ArtsinLA.com
Don Shirley, LA Observed
Les Spindle, EDGE LA
Rob Stevens, haineshisway
Neal Weaver, Stage Raw, ArtsinLA.com

 

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