Four perfs garner five nominations each

Two tuners, “13″ and “Zanna Don’t,” and two plays, “dark play, or stories for boys” and “Love Loves a Pornographer,” garnered five noms each in the 39th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

Tied with four each are Elephant Theater’s “In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings,” Geffen Playhouse’s,” “The Quality of Life” and the Center Theater Group/Kirk Douglas Theater premiere of “Sleeping Beauty Wakes.” “13,” “dark play or stories for boys,” “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings” and “The Quality of Life” are all vying top production nods, along with the Colony Theater Company’s staging of “Trying,” which garnered three noms.

Also nabbing three noms is El Portal Forum Theater’s holiday tuner, “Winter Wonderettes.”

Awards ceremony will be held March 17 at North Hollywood’s El Portal Theatre, hosted by Jason Graae. Graae is also being honored with the Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theater.

Awards will be given in 16 categories, honoring excellence in theater over the past year.

The nominees for the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards are:

PRODUCTION
“13,” CTG, Mark Taper Forum
“dark play or stories for boys,” Theater@Boston Court“The Quality of Life,” Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
“Trying,” Colony Theater Company

 

REVIVAL
“The Hasty Heart,” Pacific Resident Theater Company
“Tonight at 8:30, Parts 1 and 2,” Antaeus Theater Company at Deaf West Theater
“Waiting for Godot,” A Noise Within

 

DIRECTIONZ
Jillian Armenante, “Love Loves a Pornographer,” Circle X at [Inside] the Ford
Dan Bonnell, “Anatol,” Pacific Resident Theater
Jeff Calhoun, “Sleeping Beauty Wakes,” CTG, Kirk Douglas Theater
Nick DeGruccio, “Zanna, Don’t!,” West Coast Ensemble at Lyric-Hyperion Theater
Michael Michetti, “dark play or stories for boys”

 

WRITING
Jason Robert Brown, “13″
Joanna McClelland Glass, “Trying”
Jeff Goode, “Love Loves a Pornographer”
Stephen Adly Guirgis, “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings”
Carlos Murillo, “dark play or stories for boys”

 

ADAPTATION
Martin Crimp, “The Misanthrope,” Andak Stage Company at New Place Studio Theater
Stephen Sachs, “Miss Julie,” Fountain Theater
Matt Walker, “Alice In One-Hit Wonderland,” Troubadour Theater Company at Falcon Theater

 

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Brian Baker, “Winter Wonderettes,” El Portal Forum Theater
John Glaudini, “Altar Boyz,” Musical Theater West at Carpenter Performing Arts Center
David O, “13″
Gerald Sternbach, “On Your Toes,” Reprise! Broadway’s Best at UCLA Freud Playhouse

 

MUSICAL SCORE
Tim Acito and Alexander Dinelaris, “Zanna, Don’t!”
Jason Robert Brown, “13″
Michael John LaChiusa, “Little Fish,” Blank Theater Company at 2nd Stage Theater

 

CHOREOGRAPHY
Christine Lakin & Paul Nygro, “Zanna, Don’t!”
Troy Magino, “Altar Boyz”
Lee Martino, “On Your Toes”
Janet Miller, “Winter Wonderettes”

 

LEAD PERFORMANCE
Dennis Boutsikaris, “The Quality of Life”
Danny Calvert, “Zanna, Don’t!”
Gregory Itzin, “Shipwrecked: An Entertainment,” South Coast Repertory
Matt Letscher, “Anatol,” Pacific Resident Theater
Alan Mandell, “Trying”
Rebecca Marcotte, “Loyal Women,” Theater Banshee
Laurie Metcalf, “The Quality of Life”
Gabriel Olds, “Tryst,” Black Dahlia Theater
Deborah Puette, “Tryst”
Rex Smith, “The Pirates of Penzance,” Musical Theater West at Carpenter Performing Arts Center

 

FEATURED PERFORMANCE
Deanne Bray, “Sleeping Beauty Wakes”
Stephen Cell, “Small Tragedy,” Odyssey Theater Ensemble
Misty Cotton, “A Little Night Music,” South Coast Repertory
Adam Haas Hunter, “dark play or stories for boys”
Norman Large, “The Pirates of Penzance”
Shawn Lee, “An Impending Rupture of the Belly,” Furious Theater Company at Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theater
Kathleen Rose Perkins, “Love Loves a Pornographer”
JoBeth Williams, “The Quality of Life”

  

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
“13,” Mark Taper Forum
“Loyal Women,” Theater Banshee
“Waiting for Godot,” A Noise Within
“Winter Wonderettes,” El Portal Forum Theater
“Zanna, Don’t!,” West Coast Ensemble

 

SCENIC DESIGN
Joel Daavid, “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings”
Robert G. Smith, “Bug,” Lost Angels Theater Company at Coast Playhouse
Gary Smoot, “Love Love’s A Pornographer”

 

LIGHTING Design
Joel Daavid, “In Arabia We’d All be Kings”
Jeremy Pivnick, “Calling Aphrodite,” International City Theater
Steven Young, “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings,” Theater@Boston Court

 

COSTUME Design
Shon LeBlanc, “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore”
Maggie Morgan, “Sleeping Beauty Wakes”
Paul Spadone, “Love Loves a Pornographer”

 

SOUND DESIGN
Lindsay Jones, “Bug”
Cricket Myers, “dark play or stories for boys”
Eric Snodgrass, “Sleeping Beauty Wakes”

 

PUPPET DESIGN
Rick Lyon, “Avenue Q,” CTG, Ahmanson Theater

  

Six special awards will also be given. The 2007 special award recipients are as follows: 

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre by an individual, company or theater: Musical Theatre West.

The Polly Warfield Award for an outstanding single season by a small to mid-sized theatre (sponsored by the Nederlander Organization): Theater Banshee.

The Ted Schmitt Award for outstanding world premiere play in Los Angeles (sponsored by Samuel French): Jane Anderson for “The Quality of Life.”

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre: Jason Graae.

The Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting design (sponsored by Angstrom Lighting): Leigh Allen.

A special award goes to Jon Maher for his long-term outstanding achievement as an ASL interpreter.

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