Despite ongoing financial woes, the San Diego Rep had a season of critical success, leading all other theaters in the annual awards from the San Diego Theater Critics Circle.
The Rep drew 13 awards — six for an Ann Bogart staging of Clare BootheLuce’s “The Women”– topping the 10 given to La Jolla Playhouse and seven to the Old Globe.
Seven of the Playhouse’s honors went to Des McAnuff’s staging of “The Who’s Tommy,” the season’s most-acclaimed production.
Other winners of multiple awards among the city’s Equity houses were Blackfriars Theater, with four, and Gaslamp Quarter Theater, with three.
Departing from past practice, the critics this year gave multiple awards, from one to five in 15 categories, totaling 47. In addition, two special recognition citations honored work that fell outside regular groupings. Productions that opened in 1992 were eligible.
Bogart and McAnuff were named outstanding directors, along with Maria Irene Fornes for “Abingdon Square” and Thomas W. Jones for “Spunk,” both presented by the Rep.
Cited as outstanding productions were “Tommy,””Women” and the Old Globe’s “Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting.””Tommy” also was named in the musical category, along with the Globe’s “Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams.”
Honorees for “Tommy” included Paul Kandel for supporting actor, John Arnone for scenic design, Steve Kennedy for sound and Frances Aronson for lighting.