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ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL at the Independent Shakespeare Company

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Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a young hotel manager optimistically states, in the face of every disaster: “In India we have a saying, ‘Everything will be alright in the end. So if it’s not alright, it is not yet the end.’ ” It’s the same idea Shakespeare’s heroine touts in ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL and, regardless of where it originated, it requires pluck.
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 Now running through April 22

LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR at the Garry Marshall Theatre

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Chelsea Sutton

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

Before Neil Simon became Neil Simon, he got his first break as a writer working for Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca’s 1950’ TV series “Your Show of Shows.” On board were some big talents, with scribes like Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Joseph Stein churning out the laugh material on a weekly basis.
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Now running through April 22

ALMOST, MAINE at the Torrance Theatre Company

Miguel Elliot

Miguel Elliot

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

It can be done. A director can take relatively ordinary material and, with the help of adept designers and a committed cast, turn it into extraordinary theater.
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Now running through April 15

 

2017 LADCC Award Show Photos

Here is a selection of photos from the 49th Annual L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards. Congratulations to all of the award recipients and thank you to all who attended! Thanks to our photographer, Jayne Calucag. All photos are available for free low res download at her website, JayneCalPhotography.com HERE. There is a service charge for edit and high resolution images.

Judi Davidson and Steven Leigh Morris, winner of the Gordon Davidson Award

Judi Davidson and Steven Leigh Morris, winner of the Gordon Davidson Award

Cast and Creatives of Rotterdam

Cast and Creatives of Rotterdam

Shirley Jo Finney

Shirley Jo Finney

Julian Reeve

Julian Reeve

Artists from Actors Co-op representing 33 Variations

Artists from Actors Co-op representing 33 Variations

Michael Michetti and Jessica Kubzansky

Michael Michetti and Jessica Kubzansky

Jon Imparato & the LA LGBT Center posse

Jon Imparato & the LA LGBT Center posse

David Lamoureux, Dottie Reiner and Michael Betts

David Lamoureux, Dottie Reiner and Michael Betts from Musical Theatre West

Stephanie Kerley Schwartz & Michael Schwartz

Stephanie Kerley Schwartz & Michael Schwartz

Artists representing Geffen Playhouse

Artists representing Geffen Playhouse

Liz Ross & Alex Alpharaoh

Liz Ross & Alex Alpharaoh

Jaime Robledo

Jaime Robledo

Harry Groener, Dawn Didawick, Bill Brochtrup and Kitty Swink

Harry Groener, Dawn Didawick, Bill Brochtrup and Kitty Swink

Artists representing King Hedly II

Artists representing King Hedley II

Joel Daavid

Joel Daavid

Alessandro Canon and Belle Rêve Theatre Co.

Alessandro Camon and Belle Rêve Theatre Co.

Christopher Moscatiello

Christopher Moscatiello

Tim Cummings

Tim Cummings

PIGS AND CHICKENS at Atwater Village Theatre

Peter Carrier

Peter Carrier

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

In the interests of full disclosure, let me say that I am not very knowledgeable about computers and programming, so much of the technical jargon and inside humor in Marek Glinski’s play went right over my head. Glinski’s play might be called a cyber-satire, or a madcap comedy for the cyber age. I could not always follow exactly what was happening, though the overall idea was clear enough.
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Now running through April 15

RECIPIENTS OF THE 49TH ANNUAL LADCC AWARDS

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 49th annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre on March 19, 2018, at A Noise Within in Pasadena. Wenzel Jones presided over the festivities, and Christopher Raymond served as music director.

There were two winners of the 2017 Production award: Hamilton (Hollywood Pantages Theatre) and Rotterdam (Skylight Theatre). Awards in 17 other categories went to touring hits as well as productions by local 99-seat companies. In addition, the LADCC presented seven previously announced awards, including the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre, to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center; and the Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community, to Steven Leigh Morris.

Here is the complete list of winners. In some categories, multiple winners were named.

Production

  • Hamilton, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre

McCulloh Award for Revival (plays written between 1920 and 1992)

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Antaeus Theatre Company

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
  • Joe Morton in Turn Me Loose, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Tonya Pinkins in Time Alone, Los Angeles Theatre Center
  • Ashley Romans in Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre
  • Debra Jo Rupp in The Cake, The Echo Theater Company

Featured Performance

  • Harry Groener in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Antaeus Theatre Company
  • Matt McGrath in The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse

Ensemble Performance

  • Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre

Solo Performance

  • Alex Alpharaoh, WET: A DACAmented Journey, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles

Direction

  • Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Thomas Kail, Hamilton, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Jaime Robledo, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Sacred Fools Theater Company at the Broadwater

Writing

  • Jon Brittain, Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre

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

  • 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

Set Design

  • Joel Daavid, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Sacred Fools Theater Company at the Broadwater

Lighting Design

  • Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre

Costume Design

  • E.B. Brooks, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse
  • Lez Brotherston, The Red Shoes, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre

Sound Design

  • Ian Dickinson (for Autograph), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Christopher Moscatiello, Rhinoceros, Pacific Resident Theatre.

CGI/Video

  • 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

The following special award winners were previously announced:

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre

  • Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre

  • The Theatre @ Boston Court

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play

  • Alessandro Camon for Time Alone, originally produced by Belle Rêve Theatre Co. at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

The Kinetic Lighting Award for distinguished achievement in theatrical design

  • Set Designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for distinguished achievement in musical theatre

  • Musical Theatre West’s Reiner Staged Reading Series

The Milton Katselas Award for distinguished achievement in direction

  • Shirley Jo Finney

The Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community

  • Steven Leigh Morris

Founded in 1969, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles.

The 2017 membership:

Pauline Adamek, ArtsBeatLA.com
Frances Baum Nicholson, Southern California News Group, Stage Struck Review
Paul Birchall, Stage Raw
Katie Buenneke, Stage Raw
Erin Conley, On Stage & Screen
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
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

AN UNDIVIDED HEART at Atwater Village Theater

Darrett Sanders

Darrett Sanders

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

Directed by Chris Fields, Yusuf Toropov’s An Undivided Heart, co-produced by the Echo Theater Company and the Circle X Theatre Co., is an aspiring work that aims to be deep but doesn’t get there.

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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Any play that starts with a kid standing next to a burning typewriter holding a knife in one hand and a dead cat in the other is off to a good start in the “well, I haven’t seen that before” department. Unfortunately, such unusual visual tableaux aren’t really representative of the bulk of Yusuf Toropov’s An Undivided Heart, a Circle X Theatre Co. and Echo Theater Company co-production.
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Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

Someone stands in front of you with a cat in one hand and a knife in the other, threatening to kill it. What do you say to save the cat? In An Undivided Heart, a co-production of Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Company that opened this past weekend at the Atwater Village Theatre, this is but one puzzle its complicated characters must attempt to solve.
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Margaret Gray – LA Times

After all these centuries as a literate species, and with only seven basic plots in circulation (according to the late critic Arthur Quiller-Couch), human beings have developed a sense of where stories are likely to go — expectations that prompt us to complain when we can see an ending coming (“predictable”) and when we can’t (“what?”).
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Now running through April 22

 

UNEMPLOYED ELEPHANTS at the Little Victory Theatre

Tim Sullens

Tim Sullens

Ellen Dostal – BroadwayWorld

Playwright Wendy Graf is best known for her uniquely dramatic works such as PLEASE DON’T ASK ABOUT BECKET, ALL AMERICAN GIRL, and NO WORD IN GUYANESE FOR ME. But, in her latest world premiere, UNEMPLOYED ELEPHANTS – A LOVE STORY, she takes a lighter – and more formulaic – approach to her subject.
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Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

A man and a woman meet at the airport. She is on her honeymoon, solo, after being dumped just before her wedding. He says he is on assignment for Animal Planet, researching the unemployed logging elephants of Myanmar.
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Now running through April 15

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS at Actors’ Co-op

Matthew Gilmore

Matthew Gilmore

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Thomas More was an exceptional man — a lawyer, writer and scholar who rose from the merchant class he was born into to become a chancellor for King Henry VIII. Friends with Europe’s great intellectuals, including Erasmus, who published his work, he is remembered today for his novel Utopia (a term he coined) which espoused the virtue of communal property, among other uncommon and radical ideas.
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Now running through April 15

A RAISIN IN THE SUN at A Noise Within

Craig Schwartz

Craig Schwartz

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

Progress treads so slowly it almost feels backwards. Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning play A Raisin in the Sun premiered almost six decades ago, but American culture still grapples heavily with racism and other prejudices. The Younger family of the play grabs at the American dream, but society keeps moving the brass ring just out of reach.
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Now running through April 8

SELL/BUY/DATE at the Geffen Playhouse

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Chris Whitaker

Margaret Gray – LA Times

The writer and actress Sarah Jones is gorgeous, about 8 feet tall (at least it seems that way) and rail thin, with a wide mane of hair. When she walks onstage at the Geffen Playhouse, where she is performing her one-woman show “Sell/Buy/Date” through April 15, it’s impossible to imagine her hiding in plain sight.
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Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

In her solo play, Sell/Buy/Date, Sarah Jones exposes the exploitation of women with 20/20 vision. By setting the play in the far future, where a professor looks back at the dystopian reality that our modern planet could be journeying toward, she allows the audience to see every perspective.
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Now running through April 15

THE MADRES at the Skylight Theatre

Ed Krieger

Ed Krieger

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Stephanie Alison Walker’s stirring drama is set in Buenos Aires in the 1980s, when Argentina was ruled by a ruthless military junta. Anyone who spoke out against the regime could be taken into custody and “disappeared,” and even those who privately disagreed with the government and its policies were in danger and subject to constant scrutiny by an extensive network of spies and informers.
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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Among the 20th century’s catalog of atrocities is the chilling fate of Los Desaparecidos of Argentina — unknown thousands of that country’s citizens who were kidnapped, tortured and murdered by right-wing death squads between 1976 and 1983.
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Harker Jones – Arts In LA

Stephanie Alison Walker’s The Madres is a searing, devastating look at a movement that swept Argentina in the 1970s. Set in 1978, the play focuses on Josefina (Margarita Lamas, who trades off with Denise Blasor), a housewife who buries her head in the sand at the political upheaval surrounding her….
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Now running through April 29