L.A. Drama Critics also honor 'Grace'

The Circle X Theater Company’s staging of “The Brothers Karamazov” ran away with six awards, including outstanding production, at the 2006 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards, held Monday at North Hollywood’s El Portal Theater. Annual event was hosted by Latino comedy troupe Culture Clash.

Also garnering production honors was Furious Theater Company’s presentation of “Grace,” staged at the Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theater. It received three awards, including a writing nod for scripter Craig Wright.

Rounding out the production honorees was the Laguna Playhouse production of the Noel Coward biotuner “A Marvelous Party.”

Garnering two nods each were Pasadena-based the Theater @ Boston Court’s “A Picture of Dorian Gray,” El Portal Theater’s ’50s tuner “The Marvelous Wonderettes” and the Mark Taper Forum’s production of “iWitness.”

The Mark Taper Forum production of “Water & Power” received the special Ted Schmitt award for new play, presented to scripter Richard Montoya of Culture Clash, and a featured actor award presented to Dakin Matthews.

In all, 23 productions were honored.

Go to Variety.com/lacrix for a complete winners list.

PRODUCTION

“A Marvelous Party,” Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse

“Grace,” Furious Theater Company, Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theater

“The Brothers Karamazov,” Tim Wright, Circle X Theater Company, [Inside] the Ford

REVIVAL

“A Touch of the Poet,” A Noise Within, A Noise Within (T.H. McCulloh Award)

DIRECTION

John Langs, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Company at [Inside] the Ford

Art Manke, “Bach at Leipzig,” South Coast Repertory

Michael Michetti, “A Picture of Dorian Gray,” The Theater @ Boston Court

Damaso Rodriguez, “Grace,” Furious Theater Company at Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theater

WRITING AND ADAPTATION

Anthony Clarvoe (adaptation), “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Company at [Inside] the Ford

Craig Wright, “Grace,” Furious Theater Company at Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theater

MUSICAL DIRECTION

Steven Smith, “A Man of No Importance,” Musical Theater Guild at the Alex Theater

MUSICAL SCORE

Lori Scarlett, “The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical,” Hudson Backstage Theater

LEAD PERFORMANCE

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

Laurence Fishburne, “Fences,” Pasadena Playhouse

Salome Jens, “Leipzig,” West Coast Jewish Theater and the Group at Strasberg at the Lee Strasberg Institute’s Marilyn Monroe Theater

Cherry Jones, “Doubt,” Ahmanson Theater

Dan Mailley, “La Bete,” Sacred Fools Theater

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

Beth Kennedy, “Much ADoobie Brothers About Nothing,” Troubadour Theater Company at the Miles Memorial Playhouse and La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts

Dakin Matthews, “Water & Power,” Mark Taper Forum

Camille Saviola, “Zorba,” Reprise! Broadway’s Best at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

“The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Company at [Inside] the Ford

“The Marvelous Wonderettes,” El Portal Forum Theater

SCENIC DESIGN

Brian Sidney Bembridge, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Company at [Inside] the Ford

Tom Buderwitz, “Equinox,” Odyssey Theater

LIGHTING DESIGN

Brian Sidney Bembridge, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Company at [Inside] the Ford

Robert Wilson, “The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets,” Ahmanson Theater

COSTUME DESIGN, HAIR, WIGS & MAKEUP

Thomas G. Marquez (hair, wigs & makeup), “Beehive,” Valley Musical Theater at the El Portal Theater

SOUND DESIGN

Robbin E. Broad, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Circle X Theater Company at [Inside] the Ford

Jon Gottlieb, “iWitness,” Mark Taper Forum

Robert Oriol, “A Picture of Dorian Gray,” The Theater @ Boston Court

CHOREOGRAPHY

Janet Miller, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” El Portal Forum Theater

SOLO PERFORMANCE

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

 The 2006 special award recipients:

 The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater: Troubadour Theater Company.

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play: Richard Montoya of Culture Clash for “Water & Power.”

 The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theater: Chance Theater.

 The Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design: Joel Daavid.

 The Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting design: Christian Epps.

 The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theater: music director Gerald Sternbach. The award was accompanied by a $500 check, funded by Daily Variety.

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