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Program Ad and Silent Auction Info – LADCC Awards

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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!




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, and five-time co-producer of the LADCC Awards show, will assume the duties of Vice President. Terry Morgan of 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.

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



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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Winners announced for 43rd Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards

Co-hosts Lesli Margherita and Jason Graae. Photo by Ed Krieger.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theater for the year 2011.

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

The 43rd Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony took place Monday, March 19, 2012 at A Noise Within in Pasadena, and was co-hosted by Lesli Margherita and Jason Graae.

[Full list of nominees.]

The award recipients for the 2011 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards are as follows:

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Nominations announced for 43rd Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards


The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County theatre for the year 2011. The 43rd Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 19, 2012 at A Noise Within, the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, in its new 33,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art venue in Pasadena, thanks to the generous donation of A Noise Within’s management. The theatre is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for pre-show hors d’oeuvres (with no-host bar), and the show commences at 7:30 p.m.

The show will be hosted by L.A. theatre favorites Jason Graae (recipient of the 2007 Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre) and Lesli Margherita (nominated this year for Kiss Me, Kate).

To reserve tickets, click here.

Awards will be given in eighteen categories, honoring excellence in theatre over the past year. Seven special awards will also be given. The LADCC is grateful to the organizations who have graciously agreed to sponsor some of our special awards this year.

The 2011 nominees are…