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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, 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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The 2012 nominees are…


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…


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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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;

F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times

Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers;

Hoyt Hilsman, Back Stage, The Huffington Post

Mayank Keshaviah, LA Weekly

Amy Lyons, Back Stage, LA Weekly

Dany Margolies,

Terry Morgan,; Daily Variety

Steven Leigh Morris. LA Weekly

David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times, Back Stage

Sharon Perlmutter,

Melinda Schupmann, Back Stage;;

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

Les Spindle, Frontiers; Theatremania; EDGE LA

Bob Verini, Daily Variety;

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.




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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:  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 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 –

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 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…