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'Wife,' 'Bug' also weigh in; musical, foreign nods withheld

Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel” was named best play of the 2003-04 season by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.

Org also voted to give a special award to Barbara Cook for her contributions to musical theater.

The org decided not to give out an award for a musical this year, or for a foreign play, as it often does.

Nottage’s play, which depicts the life of a black seamstress in the early years of the last century, was produced by Roundabout Theater Co. Off Broadway at its newly renovated Laura Pels Theater. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, it stars Viola Davis and continues to run.

Cook brought her latest concert show, “Barbara Cook’s Broadway,” to Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater this spring, under the auspices of Lincoln Center Theater. Cook opens the show Thursday in the West End at the Gielgud Theater, then returns to New York in June for a June 2-26 stand at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater.

Although no play won a clear majority in the first balloting, “Intimate Apparel” took the nod on the second ballot. Doug Wright’s “I Am My Own Wife” also received significant support. Other plays receiving multiple votes in the second, weighted ballot were Tracy Letts’ “Bug,” William Nicholson’s “The Retreat From Moscow,” Lisa Kron’s “Well” and Lisa Loomer’s “Living Out.”

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Sardi’s on May 18, from 5-7 p.m.

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