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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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RHINOCEROS at Pacific Resident Theatre

Photo by Vitor Martins

Photo by Vitor Martins

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

How can people be rhinoceroses? Ask that in the literal and figurative senses and you have Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 landmark play, “Rhinoceros.” Read more…

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THE MARRIAGE ZONE at the Secret Rose Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Frances Baum Nicholson – The Daily Breeze

Perhaps the two greatest dangers in producing an original work of theater is either directing your own performance or directing your own play. In either case, the absolutely necessary second opinion — the critique needed to make sure the thing is the best it can be — is lacking. Read more…

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

My favorite episodes of Doctor Who, that amazing TV series about a time traveling alien that’s run for about 40 years, are the ones in which the Doctor meets earlier versions of himself.  When the older character meets the younger character, there are always jokes about how the younger version hates how he turned out — while the older version always criticizes the younger version’s taste or intelligence or what have you. Read more…

Now running through August 27

 

THE DEVIL’S WIFE at the Skylight Theatre

(Photo by Ed Krieger)

(Photo by Ed Krieger)

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Premiering at the Skylight Theatre under Eric Hoff’s direction, Tom Jacobson’s latest play is a delectable little fable about free will, human folly and the encounter of a non-believer with God, Hell and the Devil.
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

With his latest work, The Devil’s Wife, playwright Tom Jacobson has created a fun piece of fluff. Read more…

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ANY NIGHT AT Sacred Fools Theatre

(Photo by Joshua Scott)

(Photo by Joshua Scott)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Anna (Marie Fahlgren) is a dancer and choreographer who not only walks in her sleep — she also dances. She has fled from her former lover, who seems to be stalking her, to strike out on her own. Read more…

Now running through July 30

OTHER DESERT CITIES at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Miriam Geer

Photo by Miriam Geer

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

What happens in other people’s homes behind closed doors? That’s the stuff of so much Great American Theater. Read more…

Now running through October 1

A STEADY RAIN at the John Kirby Studio

 

(Photo by Adam Ikaika)

(Photo by Adam Ikaika)

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

Continuing its successful run at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Keith Huff’s dark two-character play is centered on the long time, combustible relationship between a pair of Windy City cops, whose professional and personal lives are thrown into freefall by circumstance and tragedy. Read more…

Now running through July 30

 

MEASURE FOR MEASURE – ISC at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park,

Photo by Mike Ditz

Photo by Mike Ditz

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Every summer I’m surprised by how much I enjoy the Independent Shakespeare Co.’s Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. Performances start at 7 p.m., when the sun is still a bit too bright and the actors are oddly dressed figures in the distance, shouting British things I can’t quite hear over the crinkling of potato chip bags in the crowd. Read more…

Now running through July 22

KING OF THE YEES at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

Fans of the fourth wall — that imaginary wall separating performers from their audience — should steer clear of Lauren Yee’s new play King of the Yees, now playing at the Kirk Douglas in Culver City. But for more adventurous folks, those willing to throw caution (and conventional theatrical tradition) to the wind, the show proves a fun ride, full of twists and turns. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The many pleasures of King of the Yees, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody at the Mark Taper Forum, emerge not from playwright Lauren Yee’s rambling unfocused script but from the abundant talents of its versatile ensemble and the production’s colorful staging. Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

There are intriguing themes considered in Lauren Yee’s comedy King of the Yees, currently running at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, particularly about the playwriting process and how artists begin with a preconceived notion only to broaden their scope as they discover the truth of these subjects.
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Frances Baum Nicholson – The Daily Breeze

There is a moment toward the end of a favorite documentary where people who grew up in the then-segregated African-American neighborhood around Central and Slauson in L.A. talked about the loss of that neighborhood with regret. Entrance into the mainstream was great, they say, but they lost those close-knit community ties. Read more…

Now running through August 6

ANIMAL FARM at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Liam Flanders

Photo by Liam Flanders

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

While Big Brother watches over Broadway as George Orwell’s 1984 plays there through this summer, our own Topanga Canyon is putting the neigh in neighbors with Orwell’s Animal Farm. The legendary author’s decades-old writing remains horrifyingly pertinent. Read more…

Now running through October 1

 

HEISENBERG at the Mark Taper Forum

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Hoyt Hilsman  -  Huffington Post

In the finest tradition of the theatrical two-hander, British playwright Simon Stephens (adapter of the Tony-award winning Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night) has imagined a random encounter between a forty-something eccentric woman and a very ordinary seventy-five year old butcher. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

British playwright Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg tracks the ups and downs in the relationship of an American woman in her 40s and an Irishman in his 70s. First produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2015 and later remounted on Broadway, the play shares its appellation with physicist and 1932 Nobel Prize winner Werner Heisenberg.

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Frances Baum Nicholson –The Stage Struck Review

The uncertainty principle of German scientist Werner Heisenberg states that the position and velocity of any object cannot both be measured exactly at the same time. In Simon Stephens’ much-celebrated play, “Heisenberg,” that theory is applied to people – two impressively dissimilar adults who meet awkwardly in a London train station…
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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all seen plenty of “manic pixie dreamgirl” romantic comedies, and even enough of the subset of May/December relationship dramas — but these are sturdy tropes that will always be with us. The latest theatrical iteration of this genre is Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg……   Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Playwright Simon Stephens puts two characters onstage, captures them in conversation, and leaves us knowing no more about themselves our ourselves than we knew at the start of this 80-minute work.

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Now running through August 6

THE CAKE – Echo Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre

(Photo by Darrett Sanders)

(Photo by Darrett Sanders)

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Americans in the U.S. have struggled with a cultural divide for decades — right from the beginning, it can be argued. The Founding Fathers, deists and 18th century rationalists, made separation of Church and State a fundamental principle of our government and their lives, while more traditional classes of people, especially in the South and Midwest, built theirs around their Christian faith.

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Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

What happens when someone or something suddenly throws the belief system you have held your entire life into question? The Cake, a play by Bekah Brunstetter currently in its world premiere at the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles, is a thoughtful and heartfelt examination of conservative values in increasingly liberal times, all hinging around one wedding cake.

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Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

North Carolina bakery owner Della (Debra Jo Rupp) announces at Cake’s beginning that nothing is as gratifying as baking a perfect cake. It is the ultimate satisfaction. Frostings, fillings, she loves them all, and her enthusiasm for her craft has landed her a gig on one of those reality television bake-off shows.
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

In one of its last acts before adjourning for summer, in late June the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage even though the state had an anti-discrimination law in effect at the time. It was just days later that Atwater’s Echo Theater Company opened their World Premiere of playwright Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake. Read more…

Now running through August 6

LETTERS FROM A NUT at the Geffen Playhouse

 

(Photo by Chris Whitaker)

(Photo by Chris Whitaker)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

At the height of the Vietnam War, Paul Krassner, editor of The Realist,  a periodical with anarchist leanings, sent a copy of his notorious “Fuck Communism” poster to Senator Bob Dole. In response, he received a reply saying, “Thank you for your suggestion. You can be sure It will receive serious consideration.” This disconnect suggests the essence of writer/performer’s humor.      Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

Remember The Jerky Boys, practical jokers who harassed unsuspecting dupes on the telephone in the 1990s? Stand-up comedian Ted Nancy (nom de plume of Barry Marder) has made a career of reviving that art. Now he has turned his life’s work into a performance-art piece.
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Now running through July 30