L.A. Drama Critics pick favorites

'Brothers Karamazov' nabs five nominations

The Circle X production of “The Brothers Karamazov” has received seven nominations from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theater for 2006.

The Valley Musical Theater staging of the ’60s tribute tuner “Beehive” followed with five noms. The Musical Theater Guild’s production of “A Man of No Importance” at the Alex Theater in Glendale and South Coast Rep’s “Bach at Leipzig” had four each; receiving three each were Laguna Playhouse’s “A Marvelous Party,” Furious Theater Company’s “Grace” and Hudson Backstage’s “The Break-Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical.”

The LADCC’s list leaned heavily toward smaller theaters and away from the city’s major legit players. Center Theater Group productions, for example, received only eight noms in the org’s 16 categories.

A Noise Within’s “A Touch of the Poet” will receive the T.H. McCulloh Award for a revival.

Six special awards will be given out. The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater goes to the Troubadour Theater Company. The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of a play goes to Richard Montoya for Culture Clash’s “Water and Power.” The Polly Warfield Award, for an excellent season in a small to midsize theater, goes to the Chance Theater. On the tech side, the Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design goes to Joel Daavid and the Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting goes to Christian Epps. The Joel Hirschhorn Award for musical theater goes to Gerald Sternbach.

The 38th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place March 19 at El Portal Theater in North Hollywood.

Culture Clash and Back Stage West critic – and perennial LADCC Awards co-host – Wenzel Jones will host the show.

Nominees for the The 38th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards

Production
“A Man of No Importance,” Jill Townsend, Musical Theater Guild, Alex Theater
“A Marvelous Party,” Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse
“Bach at Leipzig,” South Coast Repertory, South Coast Repertory
“Grace,” Vonessa Martin, Furious Theater Company, Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theater
“The Brothers Karamazov,” Tim Wright, Circle X Theater Co., (Inside) the Ford

T.H. McCulloh Award for Revival
“A Touch of the Poet,” A Noise Within, A Noise Within

Direction
Nick DeGruccio, “Beehive,” Valley Musical Theater at the El Portal Theater
Bart DeLorenzo, “The Cherry Orchard,” Evidence Room
John Langs, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X
Art Manke, “Bach at Leipzig,” South Coast Repertory
Michael Michetti, “A Picture of Dorian Gray,” Theater @ Boston Court
Sharon Ott, “Ridiculous Fraud,” South Coast Repertory
Damaso Rodriguez, “Grace,” Furious Theater Company

Writing and Adaptation
Anthony Clarvoe (adaptation), “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Co.
Wendy Graf, “Leipzig,” West Coast Jewish Theater and the Group at Strasberg at the Lee Strasberg Institute’s Marilyn Monroe Theater
Jeffrey Hatcher (adaptation), “Turn of the Screw,” Pacific Resident Theater
Craig Wright, “Grace,” Furious Theater Company

Musical Direction
Carl Danielsen, “A Marvelous Party,” Laguna Playhouse
Louis Durra, “Play It Cool,” Celebration Theater
Steven Smith, “A Man of No Importance,” Musical Theater Guild
Jim Vukovich, “Beehive,” Valley Musical Theater

Musical Score
Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, “A Man of No Importance,” Musical Theater Guild
Lori Scarlett, “The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical,” Hudson Backstage Theater

Lead Performance
Tony Abatemarco, “Bach at Leipzig,” South Coast Repertory
Dorie Barton, “Lobster Alice,” Blank Theater Company’s 2nd Stage Theater
Jodi Carlisle, “A Hole in the Dark,” Blank Theater Company’s 2nd Stage Theater
Richard Fancy, “Death of a Salesman,” Pacific Resident Theater
Laurence Fishburne, “Fences,” Pasadena Playhouse
Reece Holland, “A Man of No Importance,” Musical Theater Guild
Salome Jens, “Leipzig,” West Coast Jewish Theater and the Group at Strasberg
Cherry Jones, “Doubt,” Ahmanson Theater
Marc Kudisch, “Zorba,” Reprise! Broadway’s Best at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse
Dan Mailley, “La Bete,” Sacred Fools Theater
Joel Polis, “Pound of Flesh,” Odyssey Theater
Erica Tazel, “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda,” Colony Theater

Featured Performance
Patrick Bristow, “The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical,” Hudson Backstage Theater
Beth Kennedy, “Much ADoobie Brothers About Nothing,” Troubadour Theater Company at the Miles Memorial Playhouse and La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts
Barry Lynch, “Dockers,” Theater Banshee
Dakin Matthews, “Water & Power,” Mark Taper Forum
Camille Saviola, “Zorba,” Reprise! Broadway’s Best

Ensemble Performance
“A Marvelous Party,” Laguna Playhouse
“Beehive,” Valley Musical Theater
“The Cannibals,” California Repertory Company at Edison Theater
“Dockers,” Theater Banshee
“The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Co.
“The Marvelous Wonderettes,” El Portal Forum Theater

Scenic Design
Brian Sidney Bembridge, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Co.
Tom Buderwitz, “Equinox,” Odyssey Theater
Hugh Landwehr, “Ridiculous Fraud,” South Coast Repertory
Donna Marquet, “Nighthawks,” Kirk Douglas Theater
Jeff McLaughlin, “Recent Tragic Events,” Theater Tribe

Lighting Design
Brian Sidney Bembridge, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Co.
Rand Ryan, “Nighthawks,” Kirk Douglas Theater
Clifton Taylor, “Jay Johnson: The Two & Only!,” Richmark Entertainment at the Brentwood Theater and the Colony Theater
Robert Wilson, “The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets,” Ahmanson Theater

Costume Design/Hair/Wigs & Makeup
Ann Closs-Farley (costumes), “Route 99: Orange Star Dinner Show!,” Evidence Room
Thomas G. Marquez (hair, wigs & makeup), “Beehive,” Valley Musical Theater
Maggie Morgan (costumes), “Bach at Leipzig,” South Coast Repertory

Sound Design
Robbin E. Broad, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Co.
Jon Gottlieb, “iWitness,” Mark Taper Forum
David B. Marling, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” Fountain Theater
Robert Oriol, “A Picture of Dorian Gray,” Theater @ Boston Court

Choreography
Gail Conrad, “The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical,” Hudson Backstage Theater
Lee Martino, “Beehive,” Valley Musical Theater
Janet Miller, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” El Portal Forum Theater

Solo Performance
Jim Brochu, “Zero Hour,” West Coast Jewish Theater at the Egyptian Arena Theater
Jay Johnson, “Jay Johnson: The Two & Only!,” Richmark Entertainment
Lynn Redgrave, “Nightingale,” Mark Taper Forum

CGI & Video Projections
William Dudley, “Hitchcock Blonde,” South Coast Repertory
Jan Hartley (projection design) and Alice Brooks (cinematography), “iWitness,” Mark Taper Forum

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