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'Margo Veil,' 'Raisin in the Sun' top L.A. Drama Critics awards

March 19, 2012 | 11:00 pm

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The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle handed out its annual awards at a ceremony Monday at A Noise Within in Pasadena. The evening's biggest winners were "Margo Veil," a new play by Len Jenkins that was performed at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" by the Ebony Repertory Theatre, with four wins each.

"Small Engine Repair," a new play by John Pollono  staged by Rogue Machine, won three awards including the honor for the year's best production, which it shared with "Margo Veil."

The award for best revival was shared by "A Raisin in the Sun," "Cabaret" at Reprise Theatre and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" at Theatre Banshee.

"A Raisin in the Sun" was performed at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and later transferred to the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Monday's ceremony honored excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County stage productions in 2011. The L.A. Drama Critics Circle includes theater critics from around Southern California, including two writers who regularly contribute to the Los Angeles Times -- F. Kathleen Foley and David C. Nichols.

Here's the full list of this year's winners.

Production
"Margo Veil," the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Evidence Room, Odyssey Theatre
"Small Engine Repair," Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater

McCulloh Award for Revival
"A Raisin in the Sun," Ebony Repertory Theatre, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
"Cabaret," Reprise Theatre Company, Freud Playhouse
"The Crucible," Theatre Banshee

Direction
Andrew Block, "Small Engine Repair," Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater
Sean Branney, "The Crucible," Theatre Banshee
Bart DeLorenzo, "Margo Veil," the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Evidence Room at the Odyssey Theatre

Writing
David Harrower, "Blackbird," Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater
John Pollono, "Small Engine Repair," Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater

Writing (Adaptation)
Dakin Matthews, "The Capulets and the Montagues," Andak Stage Company at NewPlace Studio Theatre

Music Direction
Gerald Sternbach, "The Robber Bridegroom," International City Theatre
Mike Wilkins, "Jerry Springer: The Opera," Chance Theater

Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, "Bring It On: The Musical," Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre

Musical Score
Mark Nutter, "Re-Animator: The Musical," Steve Allen Theater

Lead Performance
Sam Anderson, "Blackbird," Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater
Anne Gee Byrd, "All My Sons," Matrix Theatre
L. Scott Caldwell, "A Raisin in the Sun," Ebony Repertory Theatre at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
Edi Gathegi, "Superior Donuts," Geffen Playhouse
Lisa O’Hare, "Cabaret," Reprise Theatre Company at Freud Playhouse

Featured Performance
Anne Gee Byrd, "I Never Sang for My Father," the New American Theatre at the McCadden Theatre
Dermot Crowley, "The Cripple of Inishmaan," Center Theatre Group and Druid and Atlantic Theater Company at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
Deidrie Henry, "A Raisin in the Sun," Ebony Repertory Theatre at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
Casey Kramer, "Dolly West’s Kitchen," Theatre Banshee

Ensemble Performance
"A Raisin in the Sun," Ebony Repertory Theatre at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
"Margo Veil," the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Evidence Room at the Odyssey Theatre

Solo Performance
Tom Dugan, "Nazi Hunter — Simon Wiesenthal," Theatre 40 at the Reuben Cordova Theatre
Charlayne Woodard, "The Night Watcher," Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Set Design
Richard Hoover, "House of the Rising Son," Ensemble Studio Theatre — LA at the Atwater Village Theatre

Lighting Design
Paule Constable, "Les Misérables," Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre
Jeremy Pivnick, "House of the Rising Son," Ensemble Studio Theatre — LA at the Atwater Village Theatre

Costume Design
Philippe Guillotel, "Iris," Cirque du Soleil at Kodak Theatre

Sound Design   
John Zalewski, "Margo Veil," the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Evidence Room at the Odyssey Theatre

Specialty
Eric Anderson (fight choreography), "Gospel According to First Squad," the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble at the Powerhouse Theatre
John Boesche (projection design), "Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie," Geffen Playhouse
Tony Doublin, John Naulin, John Buechler, Tom Devlin and Greg McDougall (special effects), "Re-Animator: The Musical," Steve Allen Theater
Shana Carroll, Boris Verkhovsky, Pierre Masse (acrobatic performance design), "Iris," Cirque du Soleil at Kodak Theatre

Unique Theatrical Event
"Standing on Ceremony," Joan Stein and Stuart Ross in association with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center at the Renberg Theatre

Special Awards

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play was awarded to David Wiener for "Extraordinary Chambers." The award was accompanied by an offer to publish by Samuel French Inc.

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theater was awarded to Rogue Machine. The award was accompanied by an honorarium, funded by the Nederlander Organization.

The Bob Z award for career achievement in set design was awarded to Kurt Boetcher.

The Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting design was awarded to Lap Chi Chu. The award was accompanied by an honorarium, funded by Angstrom Lighting.

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater was awarded to the Odyssey Theatre.  The award was accompanied by an honorarium, funded by contributions from the theatrical community

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theater was awarded to Lee Martino.  The award was accompanied by an honorarium, funded by an anonymous donor.

The Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction was awarded to Matt Shakman. The award was accompanied by an honorarium, funded by the Katselas Theatre Company.

RELATED:

Los Angeles Drama Critics announce nominations for 2011 season

Troubadour Theater Co. and Rogue Machine top Ovation Awards

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announces winners for 2010

-- David Ng

Photo: Members of the cast of "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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