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Two shows at the Shubert Theatre –“Sunset Boulevard” and “Crazy for You”– captured the lion’s share of awards at the 25th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, taking nine.

Sixteen productions received 30 awards in all, including best production nods to “Crazy for You” (produced by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams) and to the Equity Waiver production of “The Tavern,” produced by Joe Stern at the Matrix Theatre.

“Sunset Boulevard” was the most honored show, taking five of seven possible awards: a lead performance nod to Glenn Close, scenic design to John Napier, lighting to Andrew Bridge, costume design for Anthony Powell and sound design for Martin Levan.

In addition to its production nod, “Crazy for You” received awards for musical direction to Paul Gemignani, choreography to Susan Stroman and musical orchestration to William D. Brohn.

“The Tavern’s” three awards included best director to Tony Giordano and lead performance to Cotter Smith.

Four shows at South Coast Rep received a total of seven awards while the Center Theatre Group — which includes the Ahmanson-at-the-Doolittle and theMark Taper Forum — received three awards.

The Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble, which captured the Margaret Harford Award for continuous achievement in the small theater arena, also received two awards for its production of “Ondine.” Director Marilyn Fox and composer Tom Gerou were winners.

The only writing award went to Roger Rueff, for his play “So Many Words” (South Coast Rep). The play also won the Ted Schmitt Award for a new play preemed in L.A. or Orange County in ’93.

Another South Coast Rep production, “Great Day in the Morning,” received three awards: scenic design to Gerard Howland, lighting to Peter Maradudin and costume design to Walker Hicklin.

The awards luncheon will be held on April 10 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.

A complete list of winners follows. (Some categories have more than one winner.)

PRODUCTION

“Crazy for You,” Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams, Shubert Theatre

“The Tavern,” Joseph Stern, Matrix Theatre

DIRECTION

Jules Aaron, “Equus,” West Coast Ensemble

Marilyn Fox, “Ondine,” Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble

Tony Giordano, “The Tavern,” Matrix Theatre

WRITING

Roger Rueff, “So Many Words,” South Coast Repertory

LEAD PERFORMANCE

Ron Campbell, “Monsieur Shaherzad,” Grove Shakespeare

Kandis Chappell, “Shadowlands,” South Coast Repertory

Glenn Close, “Sunset Boulevard,” Shubert Theatre

Harold Gould, “Incommunicado,” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Dakin Matthews, “Shadowlands”

Jack Noseworthy, “Equus”

Cotter Smith, “The Tavern”

Juliet Stevenson, “Scenes From an Execution,” Centre Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

J.D. Daniels, “Conversations With My Father,” Centre Theatre

Tony Maggio, “La Bete,” Stages/John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

CREATION PERFORMANCE

John Robert Hoffman, “Northern Lights,” Egyptian Arena Theatre

Anna Deavere Smith, “Twilight: Los Angeles 1992,” Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum

SCENIC DESIGN

Cliff Faulkner, “Hay Fever,” South Coast Repertory

Gerard Howland, “Great Day in the Morning”

John Napier, “Sunset Boulevard”

LIGHTING DESIGN

Andrew Bridge, “Sunset Boulevard”

Peter Maradudin, “Great Day in the Morning”

COSTUME DESIGN

Walker Hicklin, “Ondine”

Anthony Powell, “Sunset Boulevard”

SOUND DESIGN

Martin Levan, “Sunset Boulevard”

MUSICAL DIRECTION

Paul Gemignani, “Crazy for You”

CHOREOGRAPHY

Susan Stroman, “Crazy for You”

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Tom Gerou, “Ondine”

MUSICAL ORCHESTRATION

William D. Brohn, “Crazy for You”

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