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Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announces winners for 2010

March 14, 2011 | 10:30 pm


The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced its winners for 2010 at a ceremony at the Colony Theatre in Burbank on Monday evening. The awards, which recognize excellence in L.A. and Orange County theater, are voted on by theater critics throughout the region, including two regular reviewers for the L.A. Times -- F. Kathleen Foley and David C. Nichols.

Among the big winners were "Four Places" by Rogue Machine Theatre, "King Lear" by the Antaeus Company, "Yellow" at the Coast Playhouse and "The Ballad of Emmett Till" by the Fountain Theatre. "South Pacific" at the Ahmanson Theatre also scored big, as did "In the Heights" at the Pantages.

Acting awards included nods to Chris Pine for "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" at the Mark Taper Forum, Ed Harris in "Wrecks" at the Geffen Playhouse, Gregory Itzin for "King Lear" and Leslie Uggams in "Uptown Downtown" at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Special award were given to playwright Del Shores for "Yellow,"  the Antaeus Company for its past season, City Garage Theatre for sustained excellence and more.

Here's the full list of winners:

"Four Places" (Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater)
"King Lear" (the Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre)
"The Ballad of Emmett Till" (the Fountain Theatre)
"Yellow,"  (JD3atrical Productions at the Coast Playhouse)

McCulloh Award for revival  (for shows written between 1920 and 1980)
"South Pacific"  (Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre)

Lead performance
Lorenz Arnell, "The Ballad of Emmett Till"
Anne Gee Byrd, "Four Places" (Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater)
Harry Groener, "King Lear" (the Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre)
Nan McNamara, "Wit" (Actors Co-op at Crossley Theatres)
Chris Pine, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" (Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum)

Solo performance
Ed Harris, "Wrecks" (Geffen Playhouse)
Leslie Uggams, "Uptown Downtown" (Pasadena Playhouse)

Bart DeLorenzo, "King Lear" (the Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre)  
Shirley Jo Finney, "The Ballad of Emmett Till"
Michael Michetti, "The Twentieth-Century Way" (the Theatre @ Boston Court)

Michael Hollinger, "Opus" (the Fountain Theatre)   

Writing (adaptation)
Jeffrey Hatcher, "Cousin Bette" (the Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre)
Music direction
Eric Heinly, "A Wither's Tale" (the Troubadour Theater Company at the Falcon Theatre)
David O, "See What I Wanna See" (the Blank Theatre)
Andy Blankenbuehler, "In the Heights" (Broadway/L.A. at the Pantages Theatre)

Musical score
Lin-Manuel Miranda, "In the Heights"

Featured performance
Gregory Itzin, "King Lear"
Matthew Scott Montgomery, "Yellow"
Agatha Nowicki, "Parasite Drag" (Elephant Theater Company)

Ensemble performance
"Four Places"
"The Ballad of Emmett Till"

Set design
Brian Sidney Bembridge, "The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder" (The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company)

Lighting design
KC Wilkerson, "The Who’s Tommy" (Chance Theater)   

Costume design
Naila Aladdin Sanders, "Neighbors" (the Matrix Theatre Company)

Sound design
Peter Bayne, "Opus"

KC Wilkerson, "The Who’s Tommy"

Special prosthetic effects
Matthew W. Mungle, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore"

Special effects
Chris Bell, "Absinthe, Opium & Magic: 1920s Shanghai" (the Grand Guignolers)
Waldo Warshaw, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore"


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-- David Ng

Photo: Carmen Cusack and Matthew Saldivar in "South Pacific" at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2010. Credit: Bret Hartman / For The Times