'Adding Machine' leads with four
Off Broadway tuner “Adding Machine” tallied four trophies at the Lucille Lortel Awards Monday night, including the top tuner kudo.
Well-reviewed musical, Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loewith’s adaptation of the 1923 play by Elmer Rice, had been the most-nommed production of the evening with six nods. Along with the musical laurel, wins included helmer (David Cromer), lead actor (Joel Hatch) and lights (Keith Parham).
“Machine” was the only production to pick up more than one award at the Lortels, the annual kudos honoring Off Broadway fare.
Play prize went to the Culture Project’s production of “Betrayed,” George Packer’s play about the plight of Iraqis who supported American military efforts in their country. Iris Bahr’s “Dai (enough),” about a Tel Aviv cafe moments before a suicide bomb explodes, won for solo show, while Theater for a New Audience’s staging of Adrienne Kennedy’s “Ohio State Murders” scored for revival.
Elizabeth Franz (“The Piano Teacher”) won lead actress, while Francis Jue (“Yellow Face”) and Mare Winningham (“10 Million Miles”) took featured thesp honors.
The Vineyard, which produced “Piano Teacher,” also harvested the award for set design (Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg) for its preem of projections-and-live-actors tuner “The Slug Bearer of Kayrol Island (or the Friends of Dr. Rushower).”
Lortels were handed out at Off Broadway’s Union Square Theater, where Julie White (“The Little Dog Laughed”) hosted an evening with presenters including S. Epatha Merkerson, Martha Plimpton, Cheyenne Jackson and Anika Noni Rose.
As previously announced, special awards went to Circle in the Square co-founder Theodore Mann, Primary Stages, and New York Theater Workshop’s staging of “Horizon.”
Committee to select Lortel winners is appointed by the League of Off Broadway Theaters and Producers, the Lucille Lortel Foundation and the actors’ and directors’ unions, as well as journos and other legit pros.
Complete list of winners…
Written by George Packer
Produced by Culture Project
Original Music by Joshua Schmidt, Libretto by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt
Produced by Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter, and Margaret Cotter
Outstanding Solo Show
Written and Performed by Iris Bahr
Produced by Bernie Kukoff, Jonathan Pollard, Jon Cutler in association with Highbrow Entertainment
“Ohio State Murders”
Written by Adrienne Kennedy
Produced by Theatre for a New Audience
David Cromer, “Adding Machine”
Peter Pucci, “Queens Boulevard” (the musical)
Outstanding Lead Actor
Joel Hatch, “Adding Machine”
Outstanding Lead Actress
Elizabeth Franz, “The Piano Teacher”
Outstanding Featured Actor
Francis Jue, “Yellow Face”
Outstanding Featured Actress
Mare Winningham, “10 Million Miles”
Outstanding Scenic Design
Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg, “The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (or the Friends of Dr. Rushower)”
Outstanding Costume Design
Michael Bottari & Ronald Case, and Jessica Jahn, “Die Mommie Die!”
Outstanding Lighting Design
Keith Parham, “Adding Machine”
Outstanding Sound Design
Jorge Cousineau, “Opus”