'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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