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Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announces Nominations for Achievements during 2012


The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre in 2012. The 44th annual LADCC Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 18, 2013 at historic, heralded Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street in downtown L.A.

All tickets have been reduced to $30.00. Tickets can be arranged through, and PayPal will be accepted prior to March 18. Credit cards will be accepted at the door.

Nominees are entitled to a single complimentary ticket.  Nominees please click here for important information regarding ticketing etc.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on March 18 for drinks, music, hors d’oeuvres (no full dinner) and conversation, while at a Silent Auction attendees can bid on theatre and film-related items. Only cash or checks will be accepted at the auction, please. The show will commence at 7:30 p.m.

Scheduled host French Stewart is a 25-year mainstay of the Los Angeles theatre scene and a notable star of TV and film. Best known for his six seasons co-starring on NBC’s  3rd Rock From the Sun, he is a member of Sacred Fools and played the title role in that company’s 2012 production of Stoneface, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, which has received two LADCC nominations.

In recognition of this year’s theme, “Theatre Everywhere,” representatives of theatre companies based within the geographic beat covered by members of the Circle will join Stewart and Circle members to present awards in 17 competitive categories.

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The 2012 nominees are…


Six special awards will be presented under the sponsorship of organizations and individuals to whom the LADCC is most grateful. Honors have been announced for local institutions Celebration Theatre (for sustained excellence); and The Fountain Theatre and Center Theatre Group (for their excellent seasons). The Circle also recognizes prominent individuals: David O; Elina de Santos; Stephen Gifford; as well as Evelina Fernandez for her A Mexican Trilogy, an outstanding L.A. world premiere play.

The 2012 special awards winners are…


Three already-voted awards will be presented on awards night.

Plaques will be presented on March 18 to the following recipients:

Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Theatre, in recognition of the design, fabrication, and direction of the puppets of War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre

David McCormick and Kelly Todd for their fight direction of West Side Story at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim.

In addition, a special plaque will be awarded to Center Theatre Group for an excellent season.

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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 2012 membership consisted of:

Pauline Adamek, LA Weekly;

F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times

Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers;

Hoyt Hilsman, Back Stage, The Huffington Post

Mayank Keshaviah, LA Weekly

Amy Lyons, Back Stage, LA Weekly

Dany Margolies,

Terry Morgan,; Daily Variety

Steven Leigh Morris. LA Weekly

David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times, Back Stage

Sharon Perlmutter,

Melinda Schupmann, Back Stage;;

Madeleine Shaner, Park La Brea News/Beverly Press; Back Stage

Les Spindle, Frontiers; Theatremania; EDGE LA

Bob Verini, Daily Variety;

Neal Weaver, LA Weekly; Back Stage


The LADCC is pleased to welcome FootLights Publishing, Inc. as consultants on this year’s awards events. The mission of FootLights is to illuminate the theatre community, providing greater access to a more diverse public while at the same time offering insight into the production and process of theatre.

The LADCC expresses its gratitude to Los Angeles Theatre Center and Latino Theatre Company for their warm welcome and many courtesies.




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Congratulations! First thing, we of the LADCC will be hosting our fourth annual Nominees Reception two weeks prior to the Awards Show. Please watch this website (and your e-mail; and heck, watch your SPAM filter too) for more particulars really soon. If you’re a nominee, you’re invited. We hope you’ll keep this in mind: It will really help if you RSVP. We’re a small (if fierce) organization with limited resources. RSVPs help us order enough beverages and hors d’oeuvres to go around, and reduce the worry that we under-ordered. More about that anon.

What about Awards Night, Monday, March 18, 2013 you ask?

All nominations and purchases will be handled through this e-mail address:  You may ask questions there, reserve tickets, ask for a PayPal invoice (we love those), and make changes (we hate those but we know they happen).

Here’s what you need to know, and please keep reading to the end:

One (1) complimentary ticket is allotted to each individual nominee and Special Award recipient.

In other words, if you are a person named as a nominee, or have been told that you’re getting a Special Award, you’re entitled to a single comp ticket. We need you to claim it, by e-mailing Make the reservation; it’s easy. If you don’t reserve, we regret we cannot guarantee admission.

An individual comp is allotted to each of the 8 Production nominees and 3 McCulloh nominated revivals, but the producers of those shows will pick who is to claim them. (Probably themselves.) Anyway, please don’t call or e-mail saying “I get the comp for West Side Story” or whatever, because that’s not the way that works. You’re welcome to go to your producer and wheedle to be the person who gets it, and s/he will confirm with us.

If you wish to invite one or more guests, it helps us enormously if you book both the comp and the paid tickets at the same time, in the same e-mail.

You’ll be sent a PayPal invoice within 48 hours of your reservation; it’s quick, safe, and easy to pay that way. We will endeavor to hold reservations up until 6:00 pm on show night, but the best way to ensure a seat is to pay right away.

All tickets will be held at the door. None will be mailed.

Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted at the door.

All seating is general seating.
We want to emphasize that we lowered this year’s price by 25%, to $30. We listened last year when you told us that the $40 ticket price was steep, and we hope that the lowered price will enable more folks to come to the Awards Show, whether or not they have a “dog in the hunt” as it were.

The nominated Ensembles work a little differently.

According to LADCC bylaws, a limited number of tickets are to be allotted to nominees in our Ensemble Performance category. This year, the casts of Waiting for Godot, The New Electric Ballroom, and The Savannah Disputation were so small that we have been able to set aside comps for all their actors by name; feel free to book yours at the gmail address. (Remember, you have to confirm; we can’t just hold them without any word from you.)

We wish we could invite everyone in the other nominated Ensembles – those for 42nd Street, In the Red and Brown Water, The Color Purple, and The Treatment – but those total 72 and we just can’t do it. Four (4) comps will be allotted to each ensemble, and the producers and publicists will assign them. If you were one of the cast members of those shows, kindly contact the producer or publicist to be considered for these comps. We regret we cannot allot those seats directly.

All nominees receive a nice certificate, suitable for framing.

Yep, all 85 actors in the nominated Ensembles, too. We’ll have the certificates on hand at the Nominees Reception; those not picked up will be available after March 18 through the LADCC or your show’s producers or publicist.

We will have some need of volunteers.

If you’d like to be considered as a volunteer usher or runner or some such for March 18, please contact – you guessed it –

Dinner will NOT be served.

Lowering our ticket price is a gamble in terms of our reaching breakeven. We’re willing to take it but something had to give, and it was the dinner served at past years’ events. There will be tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, but you are advised to consider consuming a full dinner prior to arriving at the LATC.

Speaking of which, the LATC’s address is 514 S. Spring Street, Downtown Los Angeles.

The historic, beautiful Los Angeles Theatre Center will be hosting us, and here, for neither the first nor the last time, we want to express our deep appreciation to them and to the Latino Theatre Company. Click here to be directed to the LATC website, where you can learn about parking and whatnot. If you don’t know them or their work, you should, so a visit to their website will pay off doubly.

Dress is….well, call it “business casual” or “whatever you’d feel comfortable wearing to an L.A. opening night.” It’s a rare necktie or evening gown that decides to attend our event, though people do tend to make an effort to look nice.

Doors will open at 6:30, and the show is scheduled to begin at 7:30.

There’s going to be a Silent Auction that night.

Lots of really cool theatre stuff and film stuff. Cash or checks only, please. Bidding will end when intermission ends, on March 18.

Any other questions?

You know the e-mail address by now. Seriously, we are privileged and thrilled to honor the LA theatre community this way every year, and we hope you’ll join us.

Bob Verini

Awards Event Chair


Two-time winner (2011) Anne Gee Byrd.
Photo by Ed Krieger.






The Snake Can, Odyssey Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger.


The Snake Can by Kathryn Graf.


Hoyt Hilsman – The Huffington Post

Kathryn Graf’s paen to the perils of middle-aged dating has a solid premiere under the skillful direction of Steven Robman and a very talented ensemble of actors. Set in the romantic jungle of New York City, Graf’s play focuses on the lives and loves of Harriet (Jane Kaczmarek), widowed with children, Meg (Sharon Sharth) single and cynical but still looking, and Nina (Diane Cary), married but seeking a new path. Read more…


Pauline Adamek –

Writer Kathryn Graf (author of late 2011’s hit play Hermetically Sealed) perfectly captures the easy and sparkling conversation between three longtime female friends, the kind that always resumes mid-sentence. Nina (Diane Cary), Harriet (Jane Kaczmarek) and Meg (Sharon Sharth), now middle aged, are all successful in their careers but unlucky in love for different reasons. The trio frequently gets together to drink wine and share war stories and encouragement as widowed Harriet nervously dips her toe into the online dating pool.  Read more…


David C. Nichols – L.A. Times

“Being newly single in middle age…. It’s like opening one of those child’s toys where the snake pops out of the can.” So goes The Snake Can at the Odyssey Theatre. Kathryn Graf’s wry, insightful dramedy about three longtime girlfriends and their internecine midlife crises surmounts some post-larval structural blips with pertinence, humor and heart.  Read more…


Shirle Gottlieb – Stage Happenings

As our population gets older, playwrights reach out to explore dramatic situations that extend beyond the graven milestone of “the big 4-0″ (our ominous fortieth birthday). Not many years ago, that number denoted entrance into (groan) “middle-age”– which, in turn, was the portal to “senior citizenship.” Read more…



Program Ad and Silent Auction Info – LADCC Awards

Tip!  Scroll down to see the latest additions to the silent auction!

Program Advertisements

Sorry!  The program already went to press, so it’s too late to purchase program ads.  We will, however, accept silent auction donations right up until … heck, we’ll add stuff the day of the show, if you’re so motivated.

Silent Auction

Prefer to support the Circle with a donation to our Silent Auction?  (Think:  tickets to your upcoming show or season; show memorabilia; a master class.  Get creative!  We can help with ideas.)  Donors are thanked in the program and right here on this website — and we’ll display your promotional materials next to your auction donation.  Did we mention we’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit?  Contact to discuss your donation.

Just Added to the Auction

JUST ADDED:  Some really cool stuff you’ll have to wait and see at the auction — including movie memorabilia. DVDs, and other cool stuff Circle members have raided their closets to find.

JUST ADDED:  Two tickets to the March 30 performance of Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow at the Center Theatre Group Ahmanson Theatre!  The Ahmanson hosted nominees Fela! and War Horse (2 nominations and one award) this year.  CTG has 8 nominees from its other theatres, and is the recipient of a special award for its outstanding season.

JUST ADDED:  Eight books from the Cahiers du Cinema – Masters of Cinema set, ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Martin Scorsese!

JUST ADDED:  A Disney-themed lot, including The Art of Cars 2!

JUST ADDED:  Several lots of books, including Harold (the Hal Holbrook memoir); the journals of spalding grayThe Story of Hollywood; A Must See! (a book of Broadway artwork); and The Noel Coward Reader!

JUST ADDED:  Two pieces of original jewelry from artist Camille Sharon!

JUST ADDED:  Four tickets to Master Class at International City Theatre!  ICT hosted nominee Ghost-Writer this year.

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two tickets to Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Antaeus!  Antaeus hosted nominee Macbeth this year.

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two tickets for any subscription season production at Pacific Resident Theatre!

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two tickets to Having It All at the Laguna Playhouse!

RECENTLY ADDED:  A huge basket o’ goodies from Rise of the Guardians, including toys, books, an “Art of…” book, an XBox game, and all sorts of other cool stuff (total value $300) courtesy of DreamWorks Animation!

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two gift certificates for two tickets each to We are Proud to Present … at The Matrix Theatre!

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two tickets to Trainspotting at the Elephant Theatre!

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two gift certificates for two tickets each to Walking the Tightrope at 24th Street Theatre!

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two tickets to Songs of Bilitis by Rogue Artists Ensemble at Bootleg Theater!

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two gift certificates for two tickets each to Forget My Name, a world premiere play at Son of Semele!

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two VIP tickets (including free drink and free parking) to DOMA‘s production of Dreamgirls at the MET Theatre!

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two gift certificates for two tickets each to The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at Theatre Asylum!  Theatre Asylum hosted nominee Tape this year.

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two tickets to a performance at The Colony Theatre!  The Colony Theatre presented nominee The Savannah Disputation this year.

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two tickets to a preview performance at the Pasadena Playhouse!   The Pasadena Playhouse hosted multiple-nominee Jitney, and nominee Intimate Apparel, this year

RECENTLY ADDED:  A 27 x 40 (movie-sized) poster of Val Kilmer as Mark Twain in Citizen Twain, signed by Val Kilmer.

RECENTLY ADDED:  The script from Freud’s Last Session, signed by playwright Mark St. Germain.

RECENTLY ADDED:  A playbill from the Broadway production of Superior Donuts, signed by members of the cast.

RECENTLY ADDED:  Are You Anybody?  An Actor’s Life, autographed by the author, Bradford Dillman.

RECENTLY ADDED:  The Great Movies II, autographed by the author, Roger Ebert

RECENTLY ADDED:  Taschen‘s Stanley Kubrick’s “Napoleon”:  The Greatest Movie Never Made

RECENTLY ADDED:  Taschen‘s Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot”

RECENTLY ADDED:  A 14 x 22 lobby card from multiple-nominee Waiting for Godot at the Mark Taper Forum, signed by members of the nominated ensemble!  (In lucite frame, ready for your wall.)

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two tickets to Neverwhere at Sacred Fools!  Neverwhere is an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel.  Sacred Fools gave us Stoneface, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, a double nominee this year.

RECENTLY ADDED:  A 14 x 22 lobby card from Priscilla – Queen of the Desert, autographed by Nick Adams, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson, and the Broadway company!  (In lucite frame, ready for your wall.)  Courtesy of an anonymous donor.

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two gift certificates for two tickets each to any performance at A Noise Within!  A Noise Within is the only Southern California company working in the repertory tradition and dedicated solely to producing classical dramatic literature — and has earned two nominations this year.

RECENTLY ADDED:  Two gift certificates for two tickets each to any performance at the Fountain Theatre!  The Fountain is the recipient of this year’s Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre, and has earned six nominations this year.

RECENTLY ADDED:  A “Spa Sampler” gift certificate for Amadeus Spa in Pasadena!  (Amadeus is the winner of “Best Day Spa/Massage” and “Best Skin Care/Facial” in the LA Times 2012 Reader Poll.)

LADCC is grateful to all of its silent auction donors.  Watch this space for more of the exciting items we’ll have for auction at the LADCC Awards this year.


Remember to:  (1) buy your tickets to the Awards Show; and (2) bring cash or a checkbook – we can’t take credit cards at the auction.

Stay tuned!




Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Pantages Theatre

Photo by Michael Lamont.


Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN

Music by Moose Charlap, with additional music by Jule Styne.

Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie.


Pauline Adamek –

The girl who refuses to grow old is playing the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Former Olympic gymnast (circa 1968 & 1972) and Broadway musical star, Cathy Rigby has been starring as Peter Pan (on and off) for the past 23 years and is still going strong! Once you let go of the fact that it’s a 60-year-old woman portraying a mischievous and fearlessly cocky little orphan, you can immerse yourself in the world of this delightful and magical musical. Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN is now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for two weeks only; running from January 15 – 27, 2013.   Read more…



The Grand Irrationality, The Lost Studio

Photo by Dima Otvertchenko.


The Grand Irrationality by Jemma Kennedy.


Pauline Adamek –

Jemma Kennedy’s comedy The Grand Irrationality raises a number of perplexing questions. Why is a British writer’s play, which was developed at the National Theatre in London in 2009, making its world premiere here in Los Angeles and not, say, at the National Theatre in London?  Read more…



In the Red and Brown Water, Fountain Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger.


In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney.


Bob Verini –

It’s about time Tarell Alvin McCraney’s work was able to be seen in Los Angeles. The Brother/Sister Plays, his trilogy about indigenous backwoods Louisiana folk operating under strange and magical Yoruba and Caribbean influences, has been garnering raves on both sides of the Atlantic (he has served as a house playwright for the RSC), whether performed as a unit or, as here, one at a time with the debut of In the Red and Brown Water at the Fountain Theater. McCraney is black and gay, but his work occupies no narrow niche; it’s for and about everyone.  Read more…


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s poetic drama In the Red and Brown Water, now playing at The Fountain Theatre, has been extended for an additional eight weeks through to the end of February in honor of Black History Month. This play is the second part of a trilogy entitled ‘The Brother/Sister Plays.’ In this two-acter McCraney draws on West African mythology and transplants it to an urban contemporary setting to tell the tale of Oya (Diarra Kilpatrick) a young woman with vast potential as a long-distance runner. But the high-school track star puts her college dreams on hold to care for her aged and sickly mother Mama Mojo (Peggy A. Blow) – a decision that sows the seeds of disappointment throughout the rest of her life.  Read more…