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Connecticut critics pick favorites

Long Wharf, Goodspeed top honors

New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater and Goodspeed Opera House led the legit kudos from the Connecticut Critics Circle. Long Wharf took four awards, including the play nod for “Uncle Vanya,” while Goodspeed drew three, including musical for “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Touring show honors went to “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” which played Hartford’s Bushnell Theater.

Long Wharf a.d. Gordon Edelstein won the director prize for “Vanya” while Rob Ruggiero took the musical helming nod for “Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn” at Hartford’s TheaterWorks.

Musical acting prizes went to Hollis Resnik (Long Wharf’s “Man of La Mancha”) and Jon Peterson (Waterbury’s Seven Angels Theater production of “George M. Cohan Tonight”).

Donna Wandrey drew actress in a play kudos for Theaterworks’ “Murderers,” while the male lead prize was split between Mario Barricelli for “Vanya” and James Lecesne for Hartford Stage’s “I Am My Own Wife.”

Yale Rep’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” which opens Off Broadway on June 18, received two design awards, for Scott Bradley’s set and Russell J. Champa’s lighting. Sound honors went to David Remedios for the Hartford Stage presentation of the American Repertory Theater production of “No Exit.”

Warren Carlyle’s choreography won for Goodspeed’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” and Angela Wendt’s costumes took the prize for the same theater’s “Singin’ in the Rain.” Ivoryton Playhouse production of “A Grand Night for Singing” received ensemble honors, while Vanessa Kai drew the debut nod for Stamford Theater Works’ production of “Far East.”

Yale Rep a.d. James Bundy received the special Tom Killen Award.

Winners will be feted Monday at Goodspeed in East Haddam. The Critics Circle is composed of Connecticut-based legit reviewers but does not include such leading papers as the New Haven Register, Hartford Courant and the local section of the New York Times.

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