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LADCC Award Recipients

On March 16, 2015, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced its winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura County theater in the year 2014. Announcements were made at a ceremony held at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, hosted by Dixie Longate (Dixie’s Tupperware Party) with musical direction by Corey B. Hirsch (LADCC award winner for A Man of No Importance in 2014).

 

Click here for complete list of nominees

 

The award recipients for the 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards were as follows:

 

Production

Firemen, The Echo Theater

Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company at The Theatre @ Boston Court

 

McCulloh Award for Revival (for plays written between 1920 and 1980)

A Delicate Balance, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre

 

Direction

Guillermo Cienfuegos, Henry V, Pacific Resident Theatre

Chris Fields, Firemen, The Echo Theater

Michael Michetti, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company at The Theatre @ Boston Court

 

Writing

Aaron Posner, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company at The Theatre @ Boston Court

Marja-Lewis Ryan, One in the Chamber, 6140 Productions in association with Theatre Planners, Racquel Lehrman, Victoria Watson, Lynne Peck, Joe Cirincione, Ed Ryan and Robin Greenspun at The Lounge Theatre.

Tommy Smith, Firemen, The Echo Theater

Music Direction

David O, Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

 

Choreography

Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening, Deaf West Theatre in association with The Forest of Arden, Cody Lassen, Jarrod Musano at Inner City Arts

 

Musical Score

Matt Almos, Brendan Milburn & Burglars of Hamm (original songs), The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Burglars of Hamm in association with Center Theatre Group at Sacred Fools Theater

Barry Manilow (music) and Bruce Sussman (lyrics), Harmony, Center Theatre Group and Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, Ahmanson Theatre

 

Lead Performance

Ian Bamberg in Firemen, The Echo Theater

Patrick Stafford in Cock, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater

Heidi Sulzman in One in the Chamber, 6140 Productions in association with Theatre Planners, Racquel Lehrman, Victoria Watson, Lynne Peck, Joe Cirincione, Ed Ryan and Robin Greenspun at The Lounge Theatre

Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful, Center Theatre Group in association with ArtsEmerson at Ahmanson Theatre

Featured Performance

Rebecca Gray in Firemen, The Echo Theater

Tyler Pierce in Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at The Theatre @ Boston Court

Joel Polis in My Name Is Asher Lev, The Fountain Theatre

 

Ensemble Performance

Cock, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater

Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company at The Theatre @ Boston Court

 

Set Design

Jeff Cowie, The Trip to Bountiful, Center Theatre Group in association with ArtsEmerson at Ahmanson Theatre

 

Lighting Design

Jeremy Pivnick, Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at The Theatre @ Boston Court

 

Costume Design

Jenny Foldenauer, Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at The Theatre @ Boston Court

 

Sound Design

Doug Newell, Foxfinder, Furious Theatre Company in association with Artists Repertory Theatre of Portland, Oregon at Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theatre

 

Solo Performance

Annette Bening in Ruth Draper’s Monologues, Geffen Playhouse

Michael Urie in Buyer & Cellar, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum

 

CGI/Video

Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington, Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, Kneehigh, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

 

Properties Design

John Burton, Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at The Theatre @ Boston Court

 

Special Effects

Tony Doublin and Gabe Bartalos, Taste, Sacred Fools Theater Company, The Schramm Group LLC and Red Hen Productions at Sacred Fools Theater

 

Illusions/Magic Design

Teller, Johnny Thompson, Thom Rubino and Christopher Rose, The Tempest, South Coast Repertory

 

Special Awards

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play was presented to Sheila Callaghan for Everything You Touch. The award was accompanied by an offer to publish from Samuel French, Inc.

 

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theater was presented to the Theatre @ Boston Court. The award was accompanied by an honorarium funded by the Nederlander Organization.

 

The Kinetic Lighting Award for outstanding achievement in theatrical design was presented to Cricket S. Myers. The award was accompanied by an honorarium funded by Kinetic Lighting, Inc.

 

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater was presented to Independent Shakespeare Company. The award was accompanied by an honorarium funded by an anonymous donor.

 

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre was presented to 3D Theatricals. The award was accompanied by an honorarium funded by contributions from the theatrical community.

 

The Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction was presented to Robin Larsen. The award was accompanied by an honorarium funded by Beverly Hills Playhouse.

 

 

SWITZERLAND at the Geffen Playhouse

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Photo by Michael Lamont

Bob Verini – Variety

Writers of crime fiction are rarely as brutal or twisted as the characters they create. But meet Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), by general agreement a foul-mouthed misanthrope who spent decades detailing the psychotic narcissism lurking in humanity’s dark heart. Read more…

Hoyt Hilsman  -  Huffington Post

Crime novelist Patricia Highsmith was renowned for her intense psychological thrillers, particularly her series featuring the murderer Tom Ripley, but she was also known for her reclusive, abrasive and even hateful personality. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

If the unexamined life is not worth living, then for novelist Patricia Highsmith (Laura Linney, making her Los Angeles stage debut), detached dissector of amoral murder, the unimagined death may not be worth dying. This is suggested by Australian Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play Switzerland, an original commission by The Geffen Playhouse presented as a co-premiere with The Sydney Theatre Company. Read more…

Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

There are some plays, like Small Engine Repair, in which the entertainment comes from truly not knowing what’s going to happen. If the plot is spoiled, the journey is much less fun. This causes something of a problem in telling you enough about the play for you to make an informed decision on whether you’ll enjoy it, while not telling you too much. Read more…

Now running through April 19.

SPOON RIVER: THE CEMETERY ON THE HILL at the Eclectic Company Theatre

Photo by David Nott

Photo by David Nott

Edgar Lee Masters’  Spoon River Anthology was first published in 1915, and is probably referenced in just about every grade or middle-school American literature text ever adopted. Read more…

Now running through March 22.

DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA at the Skylight Theatre

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Photo by Ed Krieger

David C. Nichols – LA Times

A mesmerizing blend of magical realism and poetic social comment courses through “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea,” Nathan Alan Davis’ meta-theatrical parable about an idealistic African American teen in search of his heritage. Read more…

 

Now playing through March 29.

 

LOOKING BEYOND THE MINIMUM-WAGE MESS IN LA THEATER

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Don Shirley – LA Observed

Alarm bells are going off in the LA theater community about Actors’ Equity’s proposal to require most productions to pay Equity actors the minimum wage – soon.

Reading some of the dire predictions, it would be easy to surmise that this step would doom most of LA theater – or at least eliminate the use of Equity actors in most LA productions except those at a handful of larger theaters. Read more…

 

SOLIDARITY, FOREVER

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Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

“If you want to give it away, get out of the union!”

I’ve heard that cry, all the way from the East Coast.

I teach for Cal State University and I belong to a union I love – the California Faculty Association. I walked into the theater department office at Cal State last week, and the secretary handed me a sizable check, mid-month in what’s normally a monthly pay cycle. I wasn’t expecting it. “What’s this?” I asked. “Your bargaining unit just got you guys a pay raise.”

How can you argue with a union like that, or with unions in general? If I want to take work in a non-union house – say U.S.C. or CalArts, no problem with my union. They’re protecting my ability to choose how I spend my time, and meanwhile, they’re in the trenches with my university’s administration fighting for better pay.

So can we please put to bed the ludicrous argument that because some people, such as me, or Tim Robbins, or city councilman Mitch O’Farrell, feel that the stage actors’ union, Actors Equity Association, is behaving appallingly in its treatment of the 99-Seat Plan and Los Angeles area theater, that we’re union-bashing. Read more…

LADCC AWARDS CEREMONY 2015

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This year’s LADCC AWARDS CEREMONY honoring the best of theater in Los Angeles in 2014 will be held on MARCH 16, 2015 at BEYOND THE STARS PALACE, 417 N. Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California 91203.  The event will begin at 6:30 pm and run to midnight.

PLEASE JOIN US.  Tickets are available at  brownpapertickets.com or at crixawards2015@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there.

CLOSER THAN EVER at the Hollywood Piano Store

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Photo by David Zack

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

Book musicals and musical revues are two different animals, and it’s a rare theater songwriter or team that can crank out both. Many of the very best— Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Stephen Sondheim, and Frank Loesser come to mind—are responsible for brilliantly unified scores for world-class musical plays. Yet when you divorce their songs from their plots and link them together into a cabaret entertainment, the result is at best pedestrian… Read more…

Now running through March 15.

 

FINDING NICK at the Zephr Theatre

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Paul Birchall – Stage and Cinema

In his solo show, playwright Nicholas Guest describes his life and travels around the world.  He’s accompanied by Hillary Smith on the cello and by Tony Carafone on the guitar (in the play, not his travels) – and they turn out to be a helpful pair, too, because Guest intersperses his anecdotes and stories with songs.    Read more..

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Nicholas Guest’s solo show seems like a live audition tape: it shows off his handsome appearance, his versatility, his knack for quick character sketches, his talent for dialects, and his easy-going, seemingly effortless way with a song. Only dramaturgy goes missing.

Read more…

Now running through March 27.

OFF THE RAILS at the Autry National Center Of The American West

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Off the Rails, Randy Reinholz’s engaging adaptation of Measure for Measure, interweaves strands of American history, chiefly the Native American struggle to preserve tribal identity, with the themes and cadences of Shakespearean comedy. The play is presented by Native Voices, the country’s only equity company devoted to plays by Native Americans. Read more…

Now running through March 15.

THE PRICE at the Mark Taper Forum

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

A revival of Arthur Miller’s 1967 The Price, in which a room full of furniture triggers a catharsis between a frustrated man, his wife, and his estranged brother, is now running at the Mark Taper Forum. Old wounds are pulled open and family trauma is finally able to mend in this stirring play, directed by Garry Hynes.   Read more…

Now running through March 22.

THE OTHER PLACE at The Road on Magnolia

Photo by Michelle Young

Photo by Michelle Young

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Like many plays that deal with our mortality, those about dementia can be extraordinarily affecting. They speak to a loss of self nearly as complete and devastating as our physical demise. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The first glimmer of it comes on a Friday. They’ve flown me to St. Thomas, some private golf resort, I pretend I’m giving a lecture but really it’s another sales pitch, I used to be enthralled by my new life, but the blush has come off the rose.”

Now running through April 11.