'Big River,' 'Orson's Shadow' nab six noms each
HOLLYWOOD — The Hollywood-based Greenway Court Theater production of “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” garnered eight noms from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, which salutes legit fare in L.A. and Orange counties.Also receiving significant consideration were the Deaf West Theater’s revival of the Roger Miller musical “Big River” with six noms, the Black Dahlia Theater preem of “Orson’s Shadow” with six as well and the Matrix Theater revival of “The Birthday Party” (five noms). Receiving three noms each were “Do I Hear a Waltz?” (Pasadena Playhouse), “Kimberly Akimbo” (South Coast Repertory), “Pinafore!” (Celebration Theater), “Much Ado About Nothing” (South Coast Rep) and “Every Day Life” (Pacific Resident Theater). Recipients of the six special awards presented annually include the Costa Mesa-based South Coast Rep, which garnered nine LADCC noms for 2001. It will receive the Margaret Harford award for sustained excellence in theater. South Coast Rep also preemed “The Beard of Avon,” which garnered the Ted Schmitt playwriting award for scripter Amy Freed. The 33rd annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place April 1 at the Colony Theater in Burbank. The complete nominations and special awards for 2001 follow: PRODUCTION “Big River,” Deaf West Theater “The Birthday Party,” Matrix Theater “Orson’s Shadow,” Black Dahlia Theater “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” Greenway Court Theater DIRECTION Jeff Calhoun, “Big River” Andrew J. Robinson, “The Birthday Party” Rick Sparks, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” MUSICAL DIRECTION Steven Landau, “Big River” Steve Orich, “Do I Hear a Waltz?,” Pasadena Playhouse John Randall, “Always … Patsy Cline,” Coronet Theater WRITING David Lindsay-Abaire, “Kimberly Akimbo,” South Coast Repertory Austin Pendleton, “Orson’s Shadow” Roger Guenveur Smith, “A Huey P. Newton Story,” Los Angeles Theater Center ADAPTATION Jeff Calhoun, “Big River” Mark Savage, “Pinafore!,” Celebration Theater Rick Sparks & Gary Carter, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” MUSICAL SCORE Jason Robert Brown, “Kimberly Akimbo” Robert Lindsey Nassif, “The Flight of the Lawnchair Man” from “3hree,” Ahmanson Theater Richard Rodgers & Stephen Sondheim, “Do I Hear a Waltz?” LEAD PERFORMANCE Andrew Ableson, “Orson’s Shadow” Anthony Crivello, “Do I Hear a Waltz?” Gretchen German, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” Geraldine Hughes, “Orson’s Shadow” Beth Kennedy, “A Servant to Two Masters,” Intl. City Theater Robert Machray, “Orson’s Shadow” Maria O’Brien, “Mrs. Feuerstein,” 2100 Square Feet Angela Paton, “The Birthday Party” R. Christofer Sands, “Pinafore!” Douglas Sills, “Much Ado About Nothing,” South Coast Repertory Armin Shimerman, “The Birthday Party” Jeff Sugarman, “Orson’s Shadow” FEATURED PERFORMANCE J. Todd Adams, “The Lonesome West,” South Coast Repertory Amy Chaffee, “The Lonesome West” Clinton Derricks-Carroll, “Central Avenue,” Fountain Theater Kevin Earley, “1776,” Freud Playhouse John Gallagher Jr., “Kimberly Akimbo” Leslie Hicks, “A Little Night Music,” Interact Theater William Dennis Hunt, “Trelawny of the ‘Wells,’ ” A Noise Within Gregory Itzin, “The Birthday Party” Sara Newman, “Everyday Life,” Pacific Resident Theater Carole Shelley, “The Circle,” South Coast Repertory Eileen T’Kay, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” SCENIC DESIGN Patty Briles, “Two-Headed,” (Inside) the Ford Ray Klausen, “Big River” Michael C. Smith, “Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ “ LIGHTING DESIGN Keith Endo, “Everyday Life” Kathi O’Donohue, “The Night of the Iguana,” Fountain Theater Robert L. Smith, “A Mislaid Heaven,” Road Theater COSTUME DESIGN Gregg Barnes, “Flower Drum Song,” Mark Taper Forum Audrey Eisner, “Everyday Life” Shon LeBlanc, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” SOUND DESIGN DE3 of Polyrhythmic & The Collective, “Infinity,” Court Theater John Epperson, “Lypsinka! The Boxed Set,” Tiffany Theater B.C. Keller, “Much Ado About Nothing” CHOREOGRAPHY Jeff Calhoun, “Big River” Art Manke, “Much Ado About Nothing” Rick Sparks, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” MAKEUP/HAIR/WIG DESIGN Douglas Noe, “A Servant to Two Masters” Stephen Ratliff, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” Michael Serrato, “Pinafore!” THE SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS MARGARET HARFORD AWARD FOR SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE IN THEATER South Coast Repertory ANGSTROM AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN STAGE LIGHTING FUNDED BY ANGSTROM LIGHTING Kim Killingsworth TED SCHMITT AWARD FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF AN OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY FUNDED BY ASK THEATER PROJECTS Amy Freed, “The Beard of Avon” THE BOB Z AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN SET DESIGN FUNDED BY THE FOUNTAIN THEATER Dwight Richard Odle THE NATALIE SCHAFER AWARD FOR AN EMERGING COMIC ACTRESS FUNDED BY THE NATALIE SCHAFER TRUST Beth Kennedy THE POLLY WARFIELD AWARD FOR AN EXCELLENT SEASON IN A SMALL- TO MIDSIZE THEATER Pacific Resident Theater
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