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THE BRICK: A ONE MAN MUSICAL at the Whitefire Theatre

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Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

In Bill Berry’s solo show THE BRICK: A ONE MAN MUSICAL, Berry isn’t addressing the audience in a theater. He’s on a beach having a two-way conversation with his dead mother and we are the accidental eavesdroppers who witness their complicated relationship unfold piecemeal.
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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at South Coast Repertory

Paul David Story and Carmela Corbett in South Coast Repertory's 2018 production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Terry Morgan  -  Talkin’ Broadway

These days, films are regularly being converted into musicals, some which actually benefit from the change. It’s rarer to see a film made into a dramatic play, perhaps because of the belief that there’s less box office profit to be had.
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The 1998 period romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love was an upset winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture of the year, leaving Stephen Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan floundering on the beaches of Hollywood.

Now running through February 10

THE CHINESE WALL at the Group Rep

Doug Engalla

Doug Engalla

Harker Jones – Edge on the Net

Kicking off the 44th season of the Group Rep, “The Chinese Wall” (originally “Die Chinesische Mauer”) was written as a satire (and warning) about world politics and the advent of the atomic bomb way back in 1946. Scarily, our current tumultuous and ridiculous political arena makes it even more relevant today.
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Now running through March 11

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at the Norris Theatre

Ed Krieger

Ed Krieger

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

As we count the years, or lately the days, of the 21st century, what are we taking pride in? Are we already viewing the 20th century with nostalgia? And regret?
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Now running through February 4

THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM – 1963 at the Hudson Backstage

Jamal Y. Speakes Sr.

Jamal Y. Speakes Sr.

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

The Watsons of Flint, Michigan are an African-American family of five: dad Daniel (Marcus Clark-Oliver), mom Wiloma (Tiffany Coty), sons Byron (Javen Marquise Smith) and Kenny (Ken Ivey), and daughter Joetta (Victoria Elizabeth Newman). Byron is the family bad boy and the despair of his parents.
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Now running through February 25

PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the Pasadena Playhouse

Jenny Graham

Jenny Graham

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

When W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan premiered their operetta Pirates of Penzance in 1879, they never could have imagined the Hypocrites’ winning production, now playing at the Pasadena Playhouse 138 years later.
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Ellen Dostal – Musicals in L.A.

Say what you will, The Hypocrites have found a way to transform traditional theatre into a form of entertainment that appeals to folks who’d rather go to a party than sit in a theater. And they’ve done it using Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. No joke.
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Now running through February 25

 

 

CHARLEY’S AUNT at Torrance Theatre Company

Miguel Elliot

Miguel Elliot

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

How ironic that the nation that once banned women from acting on the stage found it hilarious a few centuries later to see a man onstage in a woman’s dress. But irony is a large part of British humor.
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Now running through February 18

 

THE HOTHOUSE at Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center

Geoffrey Wade Photography

Geoffrey Wade Photography

Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

It’s Christmas Day at a psychiatric hospital, and its director is having a stressful morning. Patient 6457 has unexpectedly died and patient 6459 has given birth, and neither event looks very good for the institution. As the day progresses, things only get more and more out of control as it becomes increasingly apparent that the staff is perhaps more volatile and dangerous than the patients. Read more…

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Often when an artist dusts off a work that he or she put aside a long time ago and presents it to the public, one can see why it was shelved in the first place. But sometimes you can’t. Read more…

Now running through March 11

 

MOON OVER BUFFALO at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre

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Harker Jones -  Edge on the Net

When Ken Ludwig’s over-the-top farce “Moon Over Buffalo” hit Broadway back in 1995, it lured none other than show biz legend Carol Burnett to the Great White Way after 30 years. Despite earning two Tony noms (including one for Burnett), the show never quite caught on.

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Now running through February 11

THE CHOSEN at the Fountain Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

Reuven and Danny spend their childhoods living five blocks apart, but only meet for the first time as teenagers when a contentious baseball game ends with one of them in the hospital. This sets the scene for The Chosen, adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok based on Potok’s 1967 novel of the same name.

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Chaim Potok’s novel The Chosen was a best seller when it came out in 1967, and it remains a staple of middle school reading lists to this day. It’s the story of two Jewish boys living in Brooklyn in the 1940s: Reuven, raised by his gentle widowed dad as an observant orthodox Jew, and Daniel, whose exacting father is a Hassidic rabbi who shuns all things secular and plans for his son to follow in his footsteps.
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Now running through March 25

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

 

A DELICATE SHIP at the Road on Magnolia

(Photo by Brian M. Cole)

(Photo by Brian M. Cole)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Sarah (Paris Perrault) and her boyfriend Sam (Philip Orazio) are enjoying a quiet Christmas Eve at home when they are interrupted by an imperious knocking at the door. The visitor is Nate (Josh Zuckerman), Sarah’s friend since childhood and perhaps her former lover.

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

The Road Theatre Company is currently presenting the West Coast Premiere of playwright Anna Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship at their space on Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. It’s a delicate memory play with three thirty-something characters who constantly break the fourth wall….
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Now running through March 11