L.A. Drama Critics Circle unveils runners

Antaeus Company's 'Lear' nabs most noms

The Antaeus Company’s “King Lear” led nominations for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle 2010 awards, taking five, including for production and direction for Bart DeLorenzo.

Antaeus will also receive the Circle’s Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small- to midsize theater.

The Fountain Theater took four noms each for its productions of “Opus” and “The Ballad of Emmett Till.”

The Circle presents kudos in 18 categories for legit productions in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

It also presents special awards. Del Shores’ “Yellow” will receive the Ted Schmitt prize for new play; Francois-Pierre Couture, the Bob Z kudo for sustained achievement in set design; Dan Weingarten, the Angstrom for career achievement in lighting design; CityGarage, the Margaret Harford award for sustained excellence in theater; and Simon Levy, the Milton Katselas award for career or special achievement in direction.

The awards will be held March 14 at Burbank’s Colony Theater. Hosting the ceremony will be the Troubadour Theater Company, which received three noms for “A Winter’s Tale.” Its a.d., Matt Walker, will receive the Joel Hirschhorn award for achievement in musical theater.