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L.A. Critics Are Crazy for 'Crazy,' 'Tavern' : Stage: The plays share the top prize of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Of the theaters, Orange County's South Coast Repertory wins the most awards.

March 08, 1994|LYNNE HEFFLEY | TIMES STAFF WRITER

South Coast Repertory and "Sunset Boulevard" will take home the most awards--although not the most prominent ones--from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards ceremony next month, it was announced Monday.

South Coast captured seven of the competitive awards--more than any other single producer. The five for "Sunset Boulevard," including one for star Glenn Close, surpasses the number of awards for any other single production.

Yet neither "Sunset Boulevard" nor any South Coast show received even a nomination for the top competitive honor for outstanding production. That award will go to "Crazy for You" and "The Tavern" this year.

"Crazy for You," which was seen at the Shubert Theatre last summer before the onslaught of "Sunset Boulevard," won four awards, while the Matrix Theatre revival of "The Tavern" received three.

South Coast's production of "Great Day in the Morning" also garnered three awards, while three shows--the West Coast Ensemble revival of "Equus," the Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble revival of "Ondine" and South Coast's production of "Shadowlands"--won two apiece.

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Center Theatre Group, last year's big Critics Circle winner, this year won only three awards--spread over three productions.

Nine of the 30 awards were won by productions in sub-100-seat venues--the same number that went to shows at the single most awarded venue, the Shubert Theatre, home of both "Crazy For You" and "Sunset Boulevard."

The awards will be presented at an April 10 ceremony at Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City.

The complete list of award recipients:

* Production: "Crazy for You," producers Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams, Shubert Theatre; "The Tavern," Joseph Stern, Matrix Theatre.

* Direction: Jules Aaron, "Equus," West Coast Ensemble; Marilyn Fox, "Ondine," Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble; Tony Giordano, "The Tavern," Matrix Theatre.

* Writing: Roger Rueff, "So Many Words," South Coast Repertory.

* Lead Performance: Ron Campbell, "Monsieur Shaherazad," Grove Shakespeare; Kandis Chappell, "Shadowlands," South Coast Repertory; Glenn Close, "Sunset Boulevard," Shubert Theatre; Harold Gould, "Incommunicado," Odyssey Theatre Ensemble; Dakin Matthews, "Shadowlands"; Jack Noseworthy, "Equus"; Cotter Smith, "The Tavern"; Juliet Stevenson, "Scenes From an Execution," Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.

* Featured Performance: J. D. Daniels, "Conversations With My Father," Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the UCLA Doolittle; Tony Maggio, "La Bete," Stages/John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.

* Creation Performance: John Robert Hoffman, "Northern Lights," Egyptian Arena Theatre; Anna Deavere Smith, "Twilight: Los Angeles 1992," Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.

* Scenic Design: Cliff Faulkner, "Hay Fever," South Coast Repertory; Gerard Howland, "Great Day in the Morning," South Coast Repertory; John Napier, "Sunset Boulevard."

* Lighting Design: Andrew Bridge, "Sunset Boulevard"; Peter Maradudin, "Great Day in the Morning."

* Costume Design: Walker Hicklin, "Great Day in the Morning"; Anthony Powell, "Sunset Boulevard."

* Sound Design: Martin Levan, "Sunset Boulevard."

* Musical Direction: Paul Gemignani, "Crazy for You."

* Choreography: Susan Stroman, "Crazy for You."

* Original Music: Tom Gerou, "Ondine."

* Musical Orchestration: "William D. Brohn, "Crazy for You."

* Special Awards: the Ted Schmitt Award, for an outstanding script receiving its world premiere in Los Angeles or Orange Counties, to Roger Rueff for "So Many Words"; the Margaret Harford Award, for continuous achievement in smaller theater, to Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble; the Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting, to J. Kent Inasy; other special awards to South Coast Repertory and Artists Confronting AIDS.

* LADCC Awards luncheon, Sportsmen's Lodge, 4234 Coldwater Canyon, Studio City, April 10, 11:30 a.m., $25; (213) 466-1767.

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