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The LADCC/Wallis Student Reporter Event enjoys a successful third outing

Photo by Kevin Parry for The Wallis.

Photo by Kevin Parry for The Wallis.

This past weekend several critics from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle collaborated the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for our third joint LADCC/Wallis Student Reporter Event. 

Approximately 12 students, ranging in age between 12-18, came to the Wallis this past weekend to participate in this special event.  Critics Dany Margolies, Katie Buenneke and Jonas Schwartz spent the afternoon with the students, working with them on developing their theater critique techniques.

The event began with a primer on the history of the flop musical Merrily We Roll Along, which is now playing at the Wallis until December 18, 2016.

The dozen students joined the critics for the weekend matinee performance of Merrily at the Wallis. Then everyone returned to the classroom to spent 90 minutes forming a review.

Observed Jonas Schwartz, “As with last time, when we took them to For The Record, the students were very insightful and had a clear understanding of what they saw and how to interpret.”

The critics and students discussed and compiled everyone’s critical input. The students are now tasked with composing and submitting their own critical reviews that will be published on the Wallis website in the coming week.

Everyone was pleased with another successful event.

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The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Runs through December 18, 2016

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Beverly Hills

More information and tickets can be found here and here.

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by George Furth
directed by Michael Arden
starring:
Whitney Bashor, Wayne Brady, Aaron Lazar, Saycon Sengbloh, Amir Talai, Donna Vivino
with Eric B. Anthony, Sandy Bainum, Melody Butiu, Doran Butler, Max Chucker, Sarah Daniels, Kevin Patrick Doherty,
Laura Dickinson, Rachael Ferrera, Jennifer Foster, Travis Leland, Lyle Colby Mackston, Brent Schindele, Maximus Brandon Verso.

 

 

 

Winners announced for 47th Annual Awards

The evening's MC - Jake Broder - performing with  Musical Director Corey Hirsch; Kenny Elliot; Geoff Rakness.

The evening’s MC – Jake Broder – performing with Musical Director Corey Hirsch; Kenny Elliot; Geoff Rakness.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle named the multi-nominated Hit the Wall and Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles as 2015’s Outstanding Productions at the organization’s 47th annual awards event, held on Monday evening, March 14 at the Moss Theatre of New Roads School in Santa Monica.

Hit the Wall, playwright Ike Holter’s immersive recreation of the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots produced by the LA LGBT Center and Sixth Avenue, won honors for Lead Performer Matthew Hancock and Featured Performer Charlotte Gulezian. The show’s entire cast shared in an Ensemble Performance award, and Ken Sawyer was cited for Direction.

Another directing honoree was Jessica Kubzansky for Mojada at The Getty Villa. Luis Alfaro took Outstanding Adaptation for his transposition of the Euripides tragedy to America’s southern border, and Sabina Zuniga Varela was cited in the pivotal part of the betrayed wife.

The next largest number of plaques was earned by the Odyssey Theatre’s Anna Christie. The Westside company’s reinterpretation of the 1920 Eugene O’Neill classic received the Tom McCulloh Award for Outstanding Revival, and also won for Kim Rubinstein’s direction and Zoe Perry’s performance in the title role.

L.A.’s largest producing organization, Center Theatre Group, saw double honors go to Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (William Ivey Long’s costume design, and Josh Rhodes’ choreography) and Luna Gale (Lead Performance to Mary Beth Fisher, and Rebecca Gilman’s writing). Tim Minchin was cited for his Matilda score, Julie Wolf for musical direction for Girlfriend, and Mimi Lien for the set of Appropriate. CTG sponsored the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence, and artistic director Michael Ritchie spoke in praise of this year’s recipient, Deaf West Theatre.

Representing another major regional theater, South Coast Repertory, John Glore accepted the LADCC’s Ted Schmitt Award for an outstanding world premiere play on behalf of Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone.

But the evening was a triumph for intimate local stages first and foremost.

Veteran star Orson Bean sailed off with Solo Performance honors for his memoir Safe at Home at Pacific Resident Theatre. Among double winners were Circle X’s Trevor (lead performer Jimmi Simpson, and Nick Jones’ writing); Rogue Machine’s A Permanent Image (featured performer Tracie Lockwood, and Nicholas Santiago’s projections); Sacred Fools’ Astro Boy and the God of Comics (Aviva Pressman’s live art direction, and projections by Anthony Backman and Jim Pierce); and The Theatre @ Boston Court’s My Barking Dog (Tom Ontiveros’ lighting and John Zalewski’s sound design).

In 2015, international sensations from Spain, Kulunka Teatro, brought to the LA Theatre Center Andre & Dorine, a wordless mask-theater exploration of an elderly couple faced with Alzheimer’s. The troupe was honored for Garbine Insausti’s exquisite mask work, and was also named an Outstanding Ensemble.

Actor, playwright and raconteur Jake Broder served as an elegant host for the evening, which included an award to him for his musical score for Miravel at Sacred Fools Theatre Company.

Long Beach’s International City Theatre won the Polly Warfield Award for the best season by a small-to-midsize theater, and previously announced special awards to longtime local director Michael Matthews, director-choreographer Janet Miller and projection designer Jason H. Thompson were presented in the beautiful Moss theater space, part of the Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice on the campus of the Herb Alpert Educational Village. A complete list of honorees follows.

 

Members of the "Hit the Wall" ensemble.

Members of the “Hit the Wall” ensemble.

Production:

Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa.

 

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

Anna Christie, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre. (previously announced)

 

Lead Performance:

Mary Beth Fisher in Luna Gale, Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Matthew Hancock in Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Emily Lopez in Carrie the Musical, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, The Transfer Group, Michael T. Cohen/Robin Reinach, Kraige Block and Joe Everett Michaels, in association with La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and The Los Angeles Theatre.

Zoe Perry in Anna Christie, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre.

Jimmi Simpson in Trevor, Circle X Theatre Co. at Atwater Village Theatre.

Sabina Zuniga Varela in Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa.                                                 

 

Featured Performance:

Richard Fancy in Awake and Sing!, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre.

Charlotte Gulezian in Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Charlie Hofheimer in Bent, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum.

Tracie Lockwood in A Permanent Image, & Dorine.

 

Ensemble Performance:            

André & Dorine, Kulunka Teatro at Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.

 

Solo Performance:

Orson Bean in Safe at Home: An Evening With Orson Bean, Pacific Resident Theatre.

 

Direction:

Jessica Kubzansky, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa.

Kim Rubinstein, Anna Christie, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre.

Ken Sawyer, Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.

 

Writing:

Rebecca Gilman, Luna Gale, Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Nick Jones, Trevor, Circle X Theatre Co. at Atwater Village Theatre.

 

Writing (Adaptation):

Luis Alfaro, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa. (previously announced)

 

Musical Score:

Jake Broder, Miravel, Sacred Fools Theater Company at Sacred Fools Theater.

Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre.

 

Music Direction:

Abdul Hamid Royal, The Gospel at Colonus, Ebony Repertory Theatre at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

Julie Wolf, Girlfriend, The Actors Theatre of Louisville Production, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre.

 

Choreography:

Josh Rhodes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Koos, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Carola Productions, Roy Furman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, James Spry, Eric Schmidt, and Blanket Fort Productions, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre.

Angela Todaro, American Idiot, DOMA Theatre Company at The MET Theatre.

 

Set Design:

Tom Buderwitz, The Whipping Man, South Coast Repertory and The Pasadena Playhouse.

Mimi Lien, Appropriate, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum.

 

Lighting Design:

Tom Ontiveros, My Barking Dog, The Theatre @ Boston Court.

Matt Richter, Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.

 

Costume Design:

Jessica Ford, These Paper Bullets!, Geffen Playhouse in association with Atlantic Theater Company presents the Yale Repertory Theatre Production at Geffen Playhouse.

William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Koos, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Carola Productions, Roy Furman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, James Spry, Eric Schmidt, and Blanket Fort Productions, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre.

 

Sound Design:

John Zalewski, My Barking Dog, The Theatre @ Boston Court.

 

CGI/Video Design:

Anthony Backman and Jim Pierce, Astro Boy and the God of Comics, Sacred Fools Theatre Company at Sacred Fools Theatre.

Nicholas Santiago, A Permanent Image, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater.

 

Specialty: 

Garbiñe Insausti, André & Dorine, Kulunka Teatro at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. (Masks)

Aviva Pressman, Astro Boy and the God of Comics, Sacred Fools Theatre Company at Sacred Fools Theatre. (Live art direction)

 

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 2015 membership consisted of:

 

Pauline Adamek, ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw

Paul Birchall, Stage Raw, Stage and Cinema

Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers, StageHappenings.com

Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times

Hoyt Hilsman, The Huffington Post

Deborah Klugman, LA Weekly, ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw

Jenny Lower, Stage Raw, LA Weekly

Jon Magaril, CurtainUp.com

Dany Margolies, ArtsInLA.com, LANG (Los Angeles News Group)

Myron Meisel, Stage Raw

Terry Morgan, TalkinBroadway.com, Stage Raw

Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly, Stage Raw

David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

Sharon Perlmutter, TalkinBroadway.com

Melinda Schupmann, ShowMag.com, ArtsinLA.com

Jonas Schwartz-Owen, Theatermania.com, ArtsinLA.com

Madeleine Shaner, Park La Brea News & Beverly Press

Don Shirley, LA Observed

Les Spindle, Frontiers, EDGE LA

Bob Verini, Variety, ArtsinLA.com, Stage Raw

Neal Weaver, Stage Raw, ArtsinLA.com

 

 

 

2016 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards

Jake Broder in performance.

Jake Broder in performance.

2016 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards

The critics of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle are pleased to announce the date and location of our annual awards ceremony.  The ceremony and accompanying fete celebrate excellence in theater seen in Los Angeles in 2015.

This year the event will take place on March 14, 2016. It will be held at the Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School, in the Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice. Doors open at 6:30 pm.  The show begins at 7:30 pm.

The Center is located in the Herb Alpert Educational Village, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA.

Tickets are $40.00, and can be purchased here (a small service fee applies) or at the door. There is some onsite parking and ample street parking.

For questions regarding the upcoming Awards show, please email here: 2016criticsawards@gmail.com

We hope to see you there.

Raymond Lee, Jon Hoche and Maureen Sebastian in South Coast Repertory's 2015 world premiere of VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen.

“Vietgone.” Photo by Jason Niedle.

Following is a list of special awards and nominees:

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre — Deaf West Theater Company.

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play — Qui Nguyen for Vietgone, originally produced by South Coast Repertory.

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre — International City Theatre.

The Kinetic Lighting Award for outstanding achievement in theatrical design — projections designer Jason H. Thompson.

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre — director-choreographer Janet Miller.

The Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction — Michael Matthews.

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“Hit the Wall.” Photo by Ken Sawyer.

 

 Annual award categories

Production

  • André & Dorine, Kulunka Teatro at Los Angeles Theatre Center.
  • Bootycandy, Celebration Theatre at The Lex.
  • Enron, The Production Company at The Lex.
  • Fences, International City Theatre.
  • Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.
  • Luna Gale, Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre.
  • Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa.
  • The Gospel at Colonus, Ebony Repertory Theatre at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

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

  • Anna Christie, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre.
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“Carrie The Musical.”
Photo by Jason Niedle.

 

Lead Performance

  • Angela Bullock in Watching O.J., Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA at Atwater Village Theatre Complex.
  • Jason Dechert in Picnic, Antaeus Theatre Company.
  • Mary Beth Fisher in Luna Gale, Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre.
  • Matthew Hancock in Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.
  • Ted Heyck in God’s Man in Texas, A Guest Production at The Blank Theatre’s 2nd Stage.
  • Lily Knight in A Small Fire, The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre.
  • Troy Kotsur in American Buffalo, Cal State L.A. Department of Music, Theatre and Dance and Deaf West Theatre at State Playhouse.
  • Emily Lopez in Carrie the Musical, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, The Transfer Group, Michael T. Cohen/Robin Reinach, Kraige Block and Joe Everett Michaels, in association with La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and The Los Angeles Theatre.
  • Zoe Perry in Anna Christie, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre.
  • Tiffany Royale in The Best of Enemies, The Colony Theatre.
  • Michael A. Shepperd in Fences, International City Theatre.
  • Jimmi Simpson in Trevor, Circle X Theatre Co. at Atwater Village Theatre.
  • Jeff Skowron in Into the Woods, Oregon Shakespeare Festival at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Sabina Zuniga Varela in Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa.

Featured Performance

  • Richard Fancy in Awake and Sing!, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre.
  • Charlotte Gulezian in Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.
  • Charlie Hofheimer in Bent, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum.
  • Tracie Lockwood in A Permanent Image, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater.
  • Elyse Mirto in Figaro, A Noise Within.
  • Martin Rayner in Oedipus Machina, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and KOAN at Odyssey Theatre.
  • Bryce Ryness in Matilda the Musical, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre.
  • Michael A. Shepperd in Bootycandy, Celebration Theatre at The Lex.

Ensemble Performance          

  • André & Dorine, Kulunka Teatro at Los Angeles Theatre Center.
  • Bootycandy, Celebration Theatre at The Lex.
  • Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.
  • Luna Gale, Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre.
  • Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa.

Solo Performance

  • Orson Bean in Safe at Home: An Evening With Orson Bean, Pacific Resident Theatre.
  • Monica Piper in Not That Jewish, Jewish Women’s Theatre at The Braid.
  • John Douglas Thompson in Satchmo at the Waldorf, The Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare & Company Production at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Direction

  • Jessica Kubzansky, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa.
  • Jaime Robledo, Astro Boy and the God of Comics, Sacred Fools Theatre Company at Sacred Fools Theatre.
  • Kim Rubinstein, Anna Christie, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre.
  • Ken Sawyer, Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.
  • August Viverito, Enron, The Production Company at The Lex. 

Writing

  • Rebecca Gilman, Luna Gale, Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre.
  • Nick Jones, Trevor, Circle X Theatre Co. at Atwater Village Theatre.
  • Robert O’Hara, Bootycandy, Celebration Theatre at The Lex.
  • Lucy Prebble, Enron, The Production Company at The Lex.
  • Micah Schraft, A Dog’s House, IAMA Theatre Company at Elephant Theatre.
  • Luis Alfaro, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa.

Writing (Adaptation)

  • Luis Alfaro, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa. 

Musical Score

  • Stu Barker, Tristan & Yseult, Kneehigh at South Coast Repertory.
  • Jake Broder, Miravel, Sacred Fools Theater Company at Sacred Fools Theater.
  • Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre.
  • Anna Waronker and Charlotte Caffey, Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Music Direction

  • Stu Barker, Tristan & Yseult, Kneehigh at South Coast Repertory.
  • Brian P. Kennedy, Carrie the Musical, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, The Transfer Group, Michael T. Cohen/Robin Reinach, Kraige Block and Joe Everett Michaels, in association with La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and The Los Angeles Theatre.
  • Abdul Hamid Royal, The Gospel at Colonus, Ebony Repertory Theatre at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.
  • Julie Wolf, Girlfriend, The Actors Theatre of Louisville Production, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Choreography

  • Christopher Gattelli, Newsies, Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher at Hollywood Pantages Theatre.
  • Josh Rhodes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Koos, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Carola Productions, Roy Furman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, James Spry, Eric Schmidt, and Blanket Fort Productions, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre.
  • Dana Solimando, Billy Elliot, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
  • Angela Todaro, American Idiot, DOMA Theatre Company at The MET Theatre.

Set Design

  • Tom Buderwitz, The Whipping Man, South Coast Repertory and The Pasadena Playhouse.
  • Mimi Lien, Appropriate, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum.
  • Don Llewellyn, Fences, International City Theatre.
  • Bill Mitchell, Tristan & Yseult, Kneehigh at South Coast Reperto 

 

Lighting Design

  • Martin Labrecque, Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities, Cirque du Soleil at Dodger Stadium.
  • Tom Ontiveros, My Barking Dog, The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Matt Richter, Hit the Wall, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at The Los Angeles LGBT Center.
  • Malcolm Rippeth, Tristan & Yseult, Kneehigh at South Coast Repertory.

Costume Design

  • Angela Balogh Calin, Figaro, A Noise Within.
  • Jessica Ford, These Paper Bullets!, Geffen Playhouse in association with Atlantic Theater Company presents the Yale Repertory Theatre Production at Geffen Playhouse.
  • Philippe Guillotel, Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities, Cirque du Soleil at Dodger Stadium.
  • Wade Laboissonniere, Waterfall, The Pasadena Playhouse in association with The 5th Avenue Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse.
  • William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Koos, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Carola Productions, Roy Furman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, James Spry, Eric Schmidt, and Blanket Fort Productions, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre.

Sound Design

  • Gregory Clarke, Tristan & Yseult, Kneehigh at South Coast Repertory.
  • Bruno Louchouarn, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum and The Theatre @ Boston Court at Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa.
  • Jaime Robledo, Astro Boy and the God of Comics, Sacred Fools Theatre Company at Sacred Fools Theatre.
  • John Zalewski, My Barking Dog, The Theatre @ Boston Court.


CGI/Video

  • Anthony Backman and Jim Pierce, Astro Boy and the God of Comics, Sacred Fools Theatre Company at Sacred Fools Theatre.
  • Nicholas Santiago, A Permanent Image, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater.

 

Specialty

  • Gieselle Blair, Figaro, A Noise Within. (Hair, wigs, and makeup)
  • Garbiñe Insausti, André & Dorine, Kulunka Teatro at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. (Masks)
  • Aviva Pressman, Astro Boy and the God of Comics, Sacred Fools Theatre Company at Sacred Fools Theatre. (Live art direction)
  • Jim Steinmeyer, Carrie the Musical, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, The Transfer Group, Michael T. Cohen/Robin Reinach, Kraige Block and Joe Everett Michaels, in association with La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and The Los Angeles Theatre. (Illusion design)

 

 

"Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles." Photo by Craig Schwartz.

“Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles.” Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Productions which have garnered nominations

Hit the Wall (Los Angeles LGBT Center) 7
Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (Getty Villa) 6
Tristan & Yseult (South Coast Repertory) 5
Astro Boy and the God of Comics (Sacred Fools) 4
Bootycandy (Celebration Theatre) 4
Luna Gale (Kirk Douglas Theatre) 4
André & Dorine (Los Angeles Theatre Center) 3
Anna Christie (Odyssey Theatre) 3
Carrie the Musical (La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts and Los Angeles Theatre) 3
Enron (The MET Theatre) 3
Fences (International City Theatre) 3
Figaro (A Noise Within) 3
A Permanent Image (Rogue Machine) 2
Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities (Dodger Stadium) 2
Matilda the Musical (Ahmanson Theatre) 2
My Barking Dog (The Theatre @ Boston Court) 2
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Ahmanson Theatre) 2
The Gospel at Colonus (Nate Holden Performing Arts Center) 2
Trevor (Atwater Village Theatre) 2
A Dog’s House (Elephant Theatre) 1
American Buffalo (Cal State L.A.) 1
American Idiot (MET Theatre) 1
A Small Fire (Echo Theatre) 1
Appropriate (Mark Taper Forum) 1
Awake and Sing! (Odyssey Theatre) 1
Bent (Mark Taper Forum) 1
Billy Elliot (La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts) 1
Girlfriend (Kirk Douglas Theatre) 1
God’s Man in Texas (Blank Theatre) 1
Into the Woods (Wallis Annenberg Center) 1
Miravel (Sacred Fools Theatre) 1
Newsies (Hollywood Pantages) 1
Not That Jewish (The Braid) 1
Oedipus Machina (Odyssey Theatre) 1
Picnic (Antaeus) 1
Safe at Home: An Evening With Orson Bean (Pacific Resident Theatre) 1
Satchmo at the Waldorf (Wallis Annenberg Center) 1
The Best Of Enemies (Colony Theatre) 1
These Paper Bullets! (Geffen Playhouse) 1
The Whipping Man (South Coast Repertory/Pasadena Playhouse) 1
Vietgone (South Coast Repertory)        -  The Ted Schmitt Award 1
Watching O.J. (Atwater Village Theatre) 1
Waterfall (Pasadena Playhouse) 1

 

LADCC AWARDS CEREMONY 2015

BTS

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.

2014 Silent Auction

Silent Auction Info – LADCC Awards

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

 

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 Auction@ladramacriticscircle.com to discuss your donation.

 

One of the Silent Auction items we’re very excited about is a Taylor Electric Guitar signed by:  Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood, Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, Faith Hill, Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks. Donated by the Country Music Awards.

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Just Added to the Auction

JUST ADDED:  A Gift Certificate for two Tickets from A Noise Within for any show in 2014.

JUST ADDED: A bottle of Nerium Day Cream and a bottle of Nerium Night Cream.

JUST ADDED: Four vouchers for Tickets to Tartuffe at the South Coast Playhouse (playing May 9-18, 2014).

JUST ADDED: A basket filled with memorabilia and media from DreamWorks’ animated hit TURBO including the DVD.

JUST ADDED: Gift Certificate valued at $85 from the Falcon Theater.

JUST ADDED: Two Complimentary tickets to International City Theater.

JUST ADDED: A Playbill from the recent Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s BETRAYAL, personally signed by stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall.

JUST ADDED: Two (2) softcover copes of the stage play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (movie tie-in edition), personally signed by author Tracy Letts; producer George Clooney; and stars Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, and Juliette Lewis.

JUST ADDED: Two (2) gift certificates for a private, in-home, two-hour wine tasting for up to 8 people. Each includes six bottles of wine and a wine consultant.

JUST ADDED: Two (2) gift certificates for a private, in-home, two-hour wine tasting for up to 12 people. Each includes eight bottles of wine and a wine consultant. Valued at $149 each; the donor PRP Wine International suggests a starting bid of $50.

JUST ADDED: A poster of The Troubies’ WALKIN’ IN A ONE-HIT WONDERLAND signed by the cast members.

JUST ADDED: 8 tickets (4 two-ticket gift ceritificates) to any show at 3D Theatricals.

JUST ADDED: One full color lobby card, 14″ x 22″, from Beatlemania as presented at the Shubert Theater in Culver City back in 1978.

JUST ADDED: Gift Basket filled with homemade spa delicacies.

JUST ADDED: Beauty Gift Basket donated by Silence The Musical star Christine Lakin.

JUST ADDED: Two VIP tickets to “Dorian’s Descent” (a world premiere musical) — including preferred seating access, two free drinks from the bar, and free parking from DOMA.

JUST ADDED: Two passes for Summer of 2014 for Ford’s Amphitheater.

JUST ADDED: “Skirball Member For A  Day” gift certificate which offers two adults and up to four children admission to the Museum, along with discounts towards yearly admissions.

JUST ADDED: The doll from “The Conjuring.”

JUST ADDED: “The Lego Movie” Lego kit.

JUST ADDED: “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2″ Swag Bag.

JUST ADDED: “Hangover Part 3″ Swag Bag.

JUST ADDED: “One Night In Miami” script signed by Playwright Kemp Powers.

JUST ADDED:  ”One Night In Miami” Poster signed by cast.

JUST ADDED: “Divergent” Swag Bag.

JUST ADDED: Playbill (Called Performances) of Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” signed by the cast, donated by Center Theater Group.

JUST ADDED: Assorted DVDs and CDs of past Ahmanson shows, donated by Center Theater Group.

JUST ADDED: A hard bound book of the making of Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” , donated by Center Theater Group.

JUST ADDED: Hard bound book of the play “Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It” , donated by Center Theater Group.

JUST ADDED: DVD of “Making of War Horse”, donated by Center Theater Group.

JUST ADDED: Paperbook of the novel “Peter And The Starcatcher”, donated by Center Theater Group.

JUST ADDED: Signed cast poster of “9 To 5″, donated by Center Theater Group.

JUST ADDED: 9 Blu-ray copies of Legendary films, donated by the studio, including Jack the Giant Slayer, 42, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Town, Hangover Part III, Pacific Rim and Man of Steel

JUST ADDED: A gift card from the Federal Bar in North Hollywood.

JUST ADDED: A gift card from Bow & Truss in North Hollywood.

JUST ADDED: Dance lessons for one or two people from LA Theater Choreographer and Director Allison Bibicoff.

JUST ADDED: Two Tickets to EITHER “Lend Me A Tenor” or “110 In The Shade” at Actors Co-op.

JUST ADDED: Two Tickets for any performance in the Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage for the 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 season.

JUST ADDED:  A pair of tickets to the March 27 exhibition game against the Angels.  Awesome Field Level Seats on the first base side of home plate.  Parking pass included.

JUST ADDED:  Spa Sampler gift certificate for Amadeus Spa in Pasadena — includes a 30 minute massage, refresher facial, haircut & style, and spa manicure.  (Good Monday thru Thursday only.)

JUST ADDED:  Four tickets to the Fountain Playhouse for 2014

JUST ADDED: “The Arthur Miller Collection” CD  and a Gift Certificate for a 3-play subscription to the LA Theatre Works 14/15 season.

 

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!

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 crixawards2013@gmail.com, 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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NOMINEES:

The 2012 nominees are…

SPECIAL AWARDS:

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…

ALREADY-VOTED AWARDS:

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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MEMBERSHIP:

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; ArtsBeatLA.com

F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times

Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers; stagehappenings.com

Hoyt Hilsman, Back Stage, The Huffington Post

Mayank Keshaviah, LA Weekly

Amy Lyons, Back Stage, LA Weekly

Dany Margolies, ArtsinLA.com

Terry Morgan, LAist.com; Daily Variety

Steven Leigh Morris. LA Weekly

David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times, Back Stage

Sharon Perlmutter, TalkinBroadway.com

Melinda Schupmann, Back Stage; ShowMag.com; ArtsinLA.com

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

Les Spindle, Frontiers; Theatremania; EDGE LA

Bob Verini, Daily Variety; ArtsinLA.com

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.

 

 

SO YOU’VE BEEN NOMINATED!

… (or your show has been) –

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

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: crixawards2013@gmail.com.  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 crixawards2013@gmail.com. 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 – crixawards2013@gmail.com.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 LADCCAuction@aol.com 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!

 

 

 

LADCC statement of support for the Colony Theatre

Considering the ongoing, essentially bogus view of Los Angeles theater as a tertiary entity to films and television — in fact, L.A. enjoys as vibrant, actively engaged a theatrical community as any city in the nation – it’s ominous for the entire landscape that the Colony Theatre in Burbank faces possible closure due to their current financial crisis.

After 37 years of steady growth, from a 99-seat Equity-waiver house in Silver Lake to a mid-size Equity house in Burbank, the Colony has been hard-hit by the national economic downturn. From the perspective of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, which has awarded the company multiple times over that period, including the prestigious Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater, it’s particularly upsetting, not least given that in past years the Colony has graciously hosted the Circle’s annual awards show, going above and beyond the call of duty to help this non-profit organization put on the best celebration of excellence in Los Angeles theater possible.

While this is hardly the only local theater struggling with severe monetary straits, it would set a dangerous precedent for all L.A. theaters, and strike a major blow to the community, if so professionally-minded, quality-proven a venue cannot remain open.

Therefore, the Circle expresses its support for artistic director Barbara Beckley, executive director Trent Steelman and everyone involved at the Colony.

Please visit this link to their website and donate whatever you can to help keep this venerated theater in active producing mode.

 

David C. Nichols

LADCC President

 


LADCC announces location & date for upcoming year’s awards show

The Los Angeles Theatre Center.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced that its awards for qualifying year 2012 will be held on Monday evening, March 18, 2013, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles. In addition, the Circle’s invitation-only nominees’ reception will be held at the same location two weeks earlier, on Monday evening, March 4, 2013.

The Los Angeles Theatre Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles and is operated by the Latino Theater Company, which in January, 2006 was awarded a 20-year lease from the City of Los Angeles. The company received a $4 million grant from the California Cultural and Historic Endowment to refurbish the building, which was re-opened in October, 2007 as the new Los Angeles Theatre Center.

“With all due respect to the various wonderful venues that have graciously housed the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards ceremony over the years,” said David C. Nichols, Circle president, “there’s something incredibly apt about this year’s location, the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Since its inception, LATC has been one of the treasures of the local theatrical community, and we sincerely hope that having the LADCC awards there will remind said community just how great a resource we have in our revitalizing downtown pocket.”

Details about the awards event’s host, theme and ticket availability will be forthcoming later in the year, according to Bob Verini, this year’s awards chair.

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.

 

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announces Officers for upcoming year

 

At a May meeting of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, David C. Nichols was chosen as the Circle’s president for a one-year term. Nichols, who writes for the L.A. Times and other local publications, had previously held that office from 2008 to 2010.

Outgoing president Bob Verini, who has held the office since 2010, will take over as Awards Chair for the LADCC Awards ceremonies to be held next spring. Verini reviews theater and reports on film and television for Variety.

Sharon Perlmutter of TalkinBroadway.com, and five-time co-producer of the LADCC Awards show, will assume the duties of Vice President. Terry Morgan of LAist.com will serve as Secretary. Mayank Keshaviah of the L.A. Weekly will continue in the post of Treasurer. Pauline Adamek of the L.A. Weekly has accepted the newly created position of Web Content Editor.

Background:
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism and the encouragement and improvement of theater in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Further information about the Circle, articles by members and details of the annual LADCC Awards may be accessed on this site.

Members bios and links to their outlets can also be found here.

Communications to the Circle should be directed to general@ladramacriticscircle.com.

 

 

Photo Essay — 43rd Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards evening

Members of the ensemble of Ebony Repertory Company, A Raisin in the Sun. (From L to R) Jason Dirden, Kenya Alexander and Deidrie Henry.

A grand time was had by all who attended the 43rd Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards event. This group of professional theater critics, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC), annually gives awards for excellence in theater.

The ceremony took place Monday, March 19, 2012 at A Noise Within’s glamorous theater in Pasadena, and was co-produced by LADCC members David C. Nichols and Sharon Perlmutter.

The fun-filled show featured lively banter and comedic performances from hosts Jason Graae (recipient of the 2007 Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theater) and Lesli Margherita (nominee for Kiss Me, Kate).

In addition to handing out the numerous prizes for excellence in theater, the Awards event featured the Los Angeles premiere performance of My Husband, by Paul Rudnick, a short play added to the New York production of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. The play was charmingly performed by Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland) and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs).

Yvette Tucker and Salvatore Vasallo also performed a sizzling excerpt from “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,” a dance duet from On Your Toes, choreographed by this year’s Hirschhorn Award recipient, Lee Martino.

You can now follow the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle on twitter via @LADramaCC.

For a full list of the nominees, go here.

Please enjoy this photo essay that highlights the attendees, the presenters, the performers, the members, the nominees and — of course — the winners.

All photos were taken by Ed Krieger.

The evening’s co-hosts, Lesli Margherita and Jason Graae, raise a toast to all nominees.

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