Off B'way Lortels also laud tuner 'Caroline'
“Bug” hit it big at the Lucille Lortel Awards, as did the Tony Kushner musical “Caroline, or Change.” Each took home four trophies, topping all other productions at the 19th annual Off Broadway honors.“Bug,” the commercially produced thriller about a paranoiac Gulf War vet, was named best play. It also garnered awards for director Dexter Bullard, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau and sound designer Brian Ronan. “Caroline,” the musical about a tough-hearted maid in the South in 1963, was named best musical. Its other wins were for Tonya Pinkins, lead actress; Anika Noni Rose, featured actress; and Hope Clarke, choreography. The musical opened on Broadway Sunday night after a sellout run at the Public Theater. Doug Wright’s “I Am My Own Wife” won the solo play award, given to the playwright, performer Jefferson Mays and Playwrights Horizons, which produced the show’s Off Broadway run. It, too, moved to Broadway this season. The new solo-play award meant the show was not eligible to compete in either the best play or lead actor category. Set designer Derek McLane took home a second nod for “Wife.” Brian F. O’Byrne was named best actor for “Frozen,” yet another Off Broadway show transferring uptown this season. Will McCormack took the featured actor trophy for “The Long Christmas Ride Home,” and Catherine Zuber won the costume design award for “The Beard of Avon.” Kathleen Chalfant received the Edith Oliver Award for sustained achievement from Lynn Redgrave, her co-star in last season’s “Talking Heads” at the Minetta Lane, where the awards ceremony took place. Mara Manus accepted the Public Theater’s nod for outstanding body of work from Anna Deavere Smith. “Noche Flamenca” was honored as a unique theatrical experience. And Charles Busch introduced Kushner, who was inducted into the Playwrights’ Sidewalk outside the Lucille Lortel Theater in the West Village.
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