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THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at International City Theatre

Photo by Kayte Deioma

Photo by Kayte Deioma

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Can an Elvis Impersonator reinvent himself as a drag queen? More to the point–can an impoverished married straight man with a child on the way become a successful star drag act? This is the thin premise that playwright Matthew Lopez has used to create his hilariously outrageous ode to the art of drag The Legend of Georgia McBride at International City Theatre in Long Beach. Women grab your best gay friend; men clutch your pearls and enjoy the rip-roaring good time that director Jamie Torcellini has staged. Read more…

Now through June 26

WASHINGTON SQUARE at Asylum @ Thymele Arts – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Photo courtesy of the artists

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Nineteen century American novelist Henry James did not think much of his novel, Washington Square, about a plain, naïve, sheltered heiress and the strikingly handsome young man who suddenly begins to court her. The work has had a life far beyond what James could ever have imagined. Read more…

Now through June 12

BEAUTIFUL MONSTERZ at The Broadwater – Hollywood Fringe Festival

Hollywood Fringe Festival, Beautiful Monsterz

Photo by John Lauri

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

A friend recently returned from his first trip to Paris. Among the many sites he visited was the grave of Oscar Wilde. I need to ask him if the gravesite looked very disturbed. I would think it would be nearly uprooted with all the spinning in his grave Mr. Wilde surely has done over the past decades as one horrific adaptation after another of his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray has been foisted on the public. Read more…

Now through June 21

TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT, ALICE CHILDRESS at LOFT Ensemble

Try Not to Think About It, Loft Ensemble

Tracey Paleo – Gia On The Move

There is plenty of onstage masturbating, politics, ranting, screaming, dissing, spousal browbeating, murder, misogyny, borderline sexual violence, scumbag behavior, and all-around mayhem – not counting the weather. Apparently, Los Angeles is so flooded that half of the Hollywood sign is underwater. (Well, that’s neat…). Oh, and let’s not forget, children’s poetry – about Hitler. Read more…

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LADCC Announces Nominations for Theatrical Excellence in 2020 & 2021

LADCC

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle is proud to announce the nominees for theatrical excellence for the years 2020 and 2021. We are combining the past two years as we didn’t give awards in those years due to the pandemic. This year, out of an abundance of caution, we are forgoing our annual event ceremony and will instead post the award recipients online in a future press release in the upcoming weeks.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

In the meantime, the worthy nominees for 2020 and 2021 are as follows:

Production:

  • Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company and Getty Public Programs
  • Poor Clare, The Echo Theater Company
  • The Father, Pasadena Playhouse
  • UnRavelled, Global Brain Health Institute, based at the University of California, San Francisco; and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland
  • What the Constitution Means to Me, Center Theatre Group

McCulloh Award for Revival

  • My Fair Lady, Dolby Theatre
  • She Loves Me, South Coast Repertory
  • The Serpent, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Lead Performance

  • Shereen Ahmed, My Fair Lady, Dolby Theatre
  • Lucy Davenport, UnRavelled, Global Brain Health Institute, based at the University of California, San Francisco; and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Maria Dizzia, What the Constitution Means to Me, Center Theatre Group
  • Matthew Hancock, An Octoroon, The Fountain Theatre
  • Jordan Hull, Poor Clare, The Echo Theater Company
  • Alfred Molina, The Father, Pasadena Playhouse
  • Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Treva Tegtmeier, A Body of Water, Actors Co-op Theatre Company

Featured Performance

  • Alaska 5000, Head Over Heels, Pasadena Playhouse
  • Ivy Beech, A Body of Water, Actors Co-op Theatre Company
  • Sue Cremin, The Father, Pasadena Playhouse
  • Rob Nagle, An Octoroon, The Fountain Theatre
  • Ann Noble, Poor Clare, The Echo Theater Company
  • Michael Sturgis, Poor Clare, The Echo Theater Company

Ensemble Performance

  • Earthquakes in London, Rogue Machine Theatre
  • Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Poor Clare, The Echo Theater Company
  • Reykjavík, The Road Theatre Company
  • The Band’s Visit, Dolby Theatre
  • The Children, The Fountain Theatre
  • The Father, Pasadena Playhouse
  • UnRavelled, Global Brain Health Institute, based at the University of California, San Francisco; and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland

Solo Performance

  • Javon Johnson, Still, Pasadena Playhouse
  • Dael Orlandersmith, Until the Flood, Center Theatre Group
  • Jim Ortlieb, Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight, VS. Theatre Company & Circle X Theatre Co.

Writing

  • Chiara Atik, Poor Clare, The Echo Theater Company
  • Jake Broder, UnRavelled, Global Brain Health Institute, based at the University of California, San Francisco; and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Javon Johnson, Still, Pasadena Playhouse
  • John Kolvenbach, Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight, VS. Theatre Company & Circle X Theatre Co.
  • Florian Zeller (translation by Christopher Hampton), The Father, Pasadena Playhouse

Writing Adaptation

  • Rick Batalla and Matt Walker, The ODDyssey, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, An Octoroon, The Fountain Theatre
  • Matt Walker, Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company

Musical Score

  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Eli Bolin, Found, IAMA Theatre Company
  • David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit, Dolby Theatre

Music Direction

  • John Bell, My Fair Lady, Dolby Theatre
  • Benet Braun, Kinky Boots, 3-D Theatricals
  • Andre Cerullo, Hamilton, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Adrian Ries, The Band’s Visit, Dolby Theatre
  • Faith Seetoo, Frozen, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Matt Walker, The ODDyssey, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Ryan Whyman, Lizastrata, Troubadour Theatre Company

Choreography

  • Jess Coffman, Suzanne Jolie, L.T. Martinez, Matt Walker, Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Kate Coleman, The Serpent, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
  • Christopher Gatelli, My Fair Lady, Dolby Theatre
  • Linda Love Simmons, Kinky Boots, 3-D Theatricals

Direction

  • Oliver Butler, What the Constitution Means to Me, Center Theatre Group
  • Alana Dietze, Poor Clare, The Echo Theater Company
  • Jessica Kubzansky, The Father, Pasadena Playhouse
  • Nan McNamara, A Body of Water, Actors Co-op Theatre Company
  • Matt Walker, Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company

Set Design

  • David Meyer, The Father, Pasadena Playhouse
  • Frederica Nascimento, An Octoroon, The Fountain Theatre
  • Christopher Oram, Frozen, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady, Dolby Theatre

Lighting Design

  • Ken Booth, Alice in Wonderland, A Noise Within
  • Elizabeth Harper, The Father, Pasadena Playhouse
  • Natasha Katz, Frozen, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Azra King-Abadi, Poor Clare, The Echo Theater Company
  • Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit, Dolby Theatre
  • Matt Richter, Earthquakes in London, Rogue Machine Theatre

Costume Design

  • Naila Aladdin-Sanders, An Octoroon, The Fountain Theatre
  • Dianne K. Graebner, Poor Clare, The Echo Theater Company
  • Christopher Oram, Frozen, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Halei Parker, Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady, Dolby Theatre

Sound Design

  • Jeff Gardner, Seven Guitars, A Noise Within
  • Peter Hylenski, Frozen, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Margaret Koldinger, Daniel Tator and Getty A/V (Chris Jeong, Marvin Jones), Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company
  • John Zalewski, The Father, Pasadena Playhouse

CGI/Video

  • Rick Batalla, Mike Faulkner, Benjamin Rapoport, The ODDyssey, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Mike Bradecich, Dave Mickey, Daisy, International City Theatre
  • Kaitlyn Pietras, Jason H. Thompson, Revenge Song, Geffen Playhouse
  • Finn Ross, Frozen, Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Streaming Design

  • Rick Batalla, Benjamin Rapoport, Matt Walker, The ODDyssey, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Mike Bradecich, Daisy, International City Theatre
  • Corwin Evans, Bree Pavey, UnRavelled, Global Brain Health Institute, based at the University of California, San Francisco; and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Isaac Katzanek, Frank Marshall, The Future, Geffen Playhouse
  • Eric Pargac, An Iliad, A Noise Within
  • Andrew Schmedake, The Ballad of Emmett Till, The Fountain Theatre

Specialty

  • Jen Albert, Fight Direction, An Octoroon, The Fountain Theatre
  • Michael Allen Angel, Prop Design, An Octoroon, The Fountain Theatre
  • Lily Bartenstein, Prop Design, Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Tim Brown, Maggie MacDonald, Fight Choreography, Revenge Song, Geffen Playhouse
  • Jeremy Chernick, Visual Effects, Frozen, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
  • Helder Guimarães, Illusions, The Future, Geffen Playhouse
  • Suzanne Jolie, Wig/Makeup Design, Lizastrata, Troubadour Theater Company
  • Joe Seely, Puppet Design, The ODDyssey, Troubadour Theater Company

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 on our LADCC website 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 2020-2021 membership consisted of:

Lara J. Altunian, Stage Raw, L.A. Dance Chronicle
Katie Buenneke, Stage Raw, Theater Digest
Erin Conley, On Stage & Screen
Peter DeBruge, Variety
Ellen Dostal, BroadwayWorld, Musicals in LA
Lovell Estell III, Stage Raw, ArtsInLA.com
Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times
Hoyt Hilsman, Cultural Daily, Pasadena Now, Riot Material
Harker Jones, BroadwayWorld, ArtsInLA.com
Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw, Capital and Main, Gia On The Move
Dany Margolies, ArtsInLA.com, Southern California News Group
Dana Martin, Stage Raw
Myron Meisel, Stage Raw
Terry Morgan, ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw
Steven Leigh Morris, Stage Raw
Melinda Schupmann, Showmag.com, ArtsInLA.com
Jonas Schwartz-Owen, Theatermania.com, BroadwayWorld, ArtsInLA.com
Don Shirley, Angeles Stage
Rob Stevens, haineshisway.com

Citations by production:
Lizastrata (Troubadour Theater Company and Getty Public Programs): 11 Nominations
The Father (Pasadena Playhouse): 9 Nominations
Poor Clare (The Echo Theater Company): 9 Nominations
Frozen (Hollywood Pantages Theatre): 8 Nominations
An Octoroon (The Fountain Theatre): 7 Nominations
My Fair Lady (Dolby Theatre): 6 Nominations
The ODDyssey (Troubadour Theater Company): 5 Nominations
UnRavelled (Global Brain Health Institute, based at the University of California, San Francisco; and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland): 5 Nominations
The Band’s Visit (Dolby Theatre): 4 Nominations
A Body of Water (Actors Co-op Theatre Company): 3 Nominations
What the Constitution Means to Me (Center Theatre Group): 3 Nominations
Daisy (International City Theatre): 2 Nominations
Earthquakes in London (Rogue Machine Theatre): 2 Nominations
Kinky Boots (3-D Theatricals): 2 Nominations
Revenge Song (Geffen Playhouse): 2 Nominations
Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight (VS. Theatre Company & Circle X Theatre Co.): 2 Nominations
Still (Pasadena Playhouse): 2 Nominations
The Future (Geffen Playhouse): 2 Nominations
Alice in Wonderland (A Noise Within): 1 Nomination
An Iliad (A Noise Within): 1 Nomination
Found (IAMA Theatre Company): 1 Nomination
Hamilton (Hollywood Pantages Theatre): 1 Nomination
Head Over Heels (Pasadena Playhouse): 1 Nomination
Reykjavík (The Road Theatre Company): 1 Nomination
Seven Guitars (A Noise Within): 1 Nomination
She Loves Me (South Coast Repertory): 1 Nomination
The Ballad of Emmett Till (The Fountain Theatre): 1 Nomination
The Children (The Fountain Theatre): 1 Nomination
The Serpent (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble): 1 Nomination(Center Theatre Group): 1 Nomination

Citations by company:
Troubadour Theater Company: 16 Nominations
Pasadena Playhouse: 12 Nominations
Dolby Theatre: 10 Nominations
The Echo Theater Company: 9 Nominations
Hollywood Pantages Theatre: 9 Nominations
The Fountain Theatre: 9 Nominations
Global Brain Health Institute, based at the University of California, San Francisco; and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland: 5 Nominations
Center Theatre Group: 4 Nominations
Geffen Playhouse: 4 Nominations
Actors Co-op Theatre Company: 3 Nominations
A Noise Within: 3 Nominations
3-D Theatricals: 2 Nominations
VS. Theatre Company & Circle X Theatre Co.: 2 Nominations
International City Theatre: 2 Nominations
Rogue Machine Theatre: 2 Nominations
IAMA Theatre Company: 1 Nomination
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble: 1 Nomination

 

COME FROM AWAY at the Ahmanson Theatre

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Harker Jones – BroadwayWorld

Based on a true story of compassion in the face of horror, COME FROM AWAY dazzles with sheer exuberance, leading to a surprisingly moving conclusion. When terrorists took control of airplanes, using them as weapons and crashing them near the Pentagon and in New York City on September 11, 2001, the world came to a crashing halt. And that included the small town of Gander on the island of Newfoundland on the eastern end of Canada. Read more…

Now through June 12

THE RAMÓN SHOW: SPIRITUAL CHEERLEADING 101 – Hollywood Fringe Festival

The Ramon Show

Dana Martin – Stage Raw

Ramón is here for you. He’s ready to welcome you into his casa for a self-love seminar that centers around kindness, hugs, dance breaks, stretch breaks, courage and many LOLs. The Ramón Show: Spiritual Cheerleading 101 is everything you never knew you needed in a performance experience. Read more…

Now through June 23

CHRISKIRKPATRICKMAS: A BOY BAND CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

What I knew about the musical phenomenon of the 1990s known at the Boy Band Era would easily fit on the tiniest of post-it notes before I viewed Chriskirkpatrickmas: A Boy Band Christmas Musical at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. I knew Lance Bass and Joey Fatone were members of NSYNC only because they appeared on Dancing with the Stars. I knew Marky Mark from his Calvin Klein underwear ads. So, it would probably help you enjoy the show even more if you had more Boy Band knowledge than I before entering the theatre. Read more…

Now through June 25

SUNDAY NIGHT AT JANE’S at The Complex – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Photo courtesy of the artists

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

How many ex-lovers have you had? Can you count them on the fingers of one hand? Or do you need your second hand? Add in your toes? Or do you need the help of an abacus? Or a calculator? Well, the title character of Emily Powers’s Sunday Night at Jane’s at the Hollywood Fringe Festival has invited just four of her exes to a mysterious get together at her house. Read more…

Now through June 19

BUSKERS BALL, Asylum @ McCadden Theatre – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes “busker” as chiefly British—a person who entertains in a public place for donations. The dictionary also defines “ball” as either a large formal gathering for social dancing or a very pleasant experience, a good time. Cassandra Moselle’s Buskers Ball at the Hollywood Fringe Festival seems to be dealing with Hollywood Boulevard hucksters (all female here) who I don’t think ever would call themselves buskers, hustlers maybe. And the resultant sixty minutes in their company was neither formal nor featured social dancing. Nor was it a very pleasant experience nor did it approach a good time. Read more…

Now through June 25

LYME DISEASE: THE MUSICAL, Let Live Theater at The Actors Company – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Photo courtesy of the artists

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Playwright Ellen Thompson started having serious health problems in 2014 with chronic pain in her knees, nausea and vomiting. Chronic fatigue and anxiety followed. Six doctors in over 10 months could not diagnose her symptoms. Finally in late 2015 she was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease. After treatments and a relapse, in 2021 she finally achieved 85% remission. She wrote, produced and directed an award-winning comedic music video “Pay Attention (For Lyme Disease Prevention)”. Now she has written the book and lyrics for her first musical (with music by Hughie Stone Fish), Lyme Disease: The Musical, which is premiering at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Read more…

Now through June 26

KING OF THE YEES at Sierra Madre Playhouse

Photo by Robert Velasco

Photo by Robert Velasco

Tracey Paleo – Gia On The Move

Sierra Madre Playhouse’s rendition of KING OF THE YEES directed by Tim Dang, so often plods along at such a ponderous pace, including occasionally awkward staging at the tip of the wings, that the sprightly comedy of this adventure is a bit dwindled. And that’s a shame. Because Lauren Yee’s play is not just a lighthearted journey of self-discovery through the back doors of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Her semi-autobiographical work is a far more spirited and vital commentary on Chinese culture in America and its evolution. Read more…

Now through June 12