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‘Orpheus’ ascends to kudos

'Shaggs,' 'Gem' also shine at LADCC nods

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Venice-based Pacific Resident Theater’s revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Orpheus Descending” garnered three awards, including outstanding production, at the 35th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards on Sunday.

Tying “Orpheus” for top honors were the preems of the Powerhouse Theater tuner, “The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World,” and the Mark Taper Forum’s staging of August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean.”

Other multiple winners, with two nods each, were Burbank-based Colony Theater’s revival of Lillian Hellman’s “Toys in the Attic,” the Odyssey Theater’s “Among the Thugs,” the Black Dahlia Theater’s preem of “Belfast Blues,” Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun” at Stages Theater Center, International City Theater’s “Agnes of God,” the Zephyr Theater’s preem of Del Shore’s “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife” and the revivals of two Stephen Sondheim tuners, “Passion” (East West Ensemble) and “Anyone Can Whistle” (Hudson Theater).

Awards were handed out at West Hollywood’s Coronet Theater.

Of the 30 awards presented for excellence in theater in Los Angeles and Orange counties, 19 were claimed by Equity 99-seat houses, with 11 awards being bestowed on large and midsize theaters.

The following is a complete tally of recipients of the 2003 LADCC Awards:

And the winners are . . .

Production
“Orpheus Descending”/Choppy Guillotte, Dana Dewes, Joanna Daniels, Ursula Brooks and Tania Getty, Pacific Resident Theater
“Raisin”/International City Theater, The Center Theater
“The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife”/Sharyn Lane, The Zephyr Theater

Direction
Jessica Kubzansky, “Toys in the Attic”/The Colony Theater
Rick Sparks/Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange”/Greenway Court Theater
Elina de Santos, “Orpheus Descending”

Musical Direction
David O, “The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World”/The Powerhouse Theater/Inside The Ford

Writing
Geraldine Hughes, “Belfast Blues”/ The Black Dahlia Theater/Virtual Theater Project
August Wilson, “Gem of the Ocean”/The Mark Taper Forum

Adaptation
Bradley Rand Smith, “Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun”/ Stages Theater Center
Tom Szentgyorgyi, “Among the Thugs”/The Odyssey Theater

Musical Score
Gunnar Madsen (music) and Joy Gregory (lyrics), “The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World”

Lead Performance
Hedy Burress, “The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World”
Madison Dunaway, “Agnes of God”
Marilyn Fox, “Orpheus Descending”
Beth Grant, “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife”
Jacqueline Kim, “Passion”/East West Players
Phylicia Rashad, “Gem of the Ocean”

Featured Performance
John Berczeller, “The Big Knife”/The Lillian Theater
Nancy Linehan Charles, “Toys in the Attic”
James Farentino, “Boy Gets Girl”/Geffen Playhouse

Ensemble Performance
The cast of “Among the Thugs”

Scenic Design
David Gallo, “Gem of the Ocean”
Victoria Petrovich, “Passion”

Lighting Design
Leigh Allen, “Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun”

Costume Design
Ann Closs-Farley, “Sneaux!”/The Matrix Theater

Sound Design
Paul Fabre, “Agnes of God”

Choreography
Larry Sousa, “Anyone Can Whistle”/Matrix Theater

Hair, Wigs And Makeup Design
Sugano, “Anyone Can Whistle”

Video Production Design
Jonathan Christman/”Belfast Blues”

Special Awards

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater
Jessica Kubzansky

The Ted Schmitt Award for world premiere of an outstanding new play
Del Shores, “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife”

The Bob Z Award for lifetime achievement in set design
Desma Murphy

The Natalie Schafer Award for an emerging comic actress, funded by the Natalie Schafer Trust
Rebecca O’Brien

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season/year in a small-to-mid-sized theater
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