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September 17, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"The Woman in Black," "Anything Goes" and "Animal Farm" are ahead in the race for the annual Ovation Awards, L.A.'s peer-judged theater awards. Each of the three shows received seven nominations -- so far. But the total nomination figures aren't complete. Costume design nominations weren't announced Tuesday with the others. Because of a computer glitch, voters are being asked to resend their costume votes.
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November 12, 2012 | By David Ng
Southern California's biggest theater company was the biggest winner at the 2012 Ovation Awards, which were handed out Monday evening at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown. Center Theatre Group scooped 13 trophies for its productions of "Waiting for Godot," "The Convert" and "War Horse. " The company also received the evening's biggest honor as having the best season. The Ovations, organized by the L.A. Stage Alliance, honor excellence in stage productions throughout the L.A. area.
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November 17, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
A short-running revival of "1776" in Riverside -- far from most of the Ovation Award voters in Los Angeles County -- was the big winner at L.A.'s peer-judged theater awards Monday. Performance Riverside's "1776" -- which played only nine shows last April -- won five awards, including best musical in a larger theater. It took three acting awards, including a best musical actor nod for Steven Glaudini, who also was the company's executive director-producer.
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September 11, 2012 | By David Ng
The nominations for the 2011-2012 Ovation Awards were announced Tuesday evening. Leading the way were Center Theatre Group with 29 nominations, followed by the Celebration Theatre and Musical Theatre West, with 16 nominations each. Productions that received the most nominations included the Celebration's staging of the musical " The Color Purple " with 13 nominations; Danai Gurira's new play " The Convert ," at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, with 11; David Lindsay-Abaire's " Good People ," at the Geffen Playhouse, with eight; and the revival of Samuel Beckett's " Waiting for Godot ," at the Mark Taper Forum, also with eight.
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November 7, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
When the annual Ovation Awards are passed out Monday, fewer people will be on hand than in the recent past. Although the event is sold out, this year's venue for awarding the peer-judged theatrical honors is the 1,264-seat La Mirada Theatre instead of the 2,139-seat Shubert Theatre in Century City, where the event attracted big crowds for the past three years.
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January 3, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ovations, please, for Robert Fryer, Betty Garrett, Gregory Harrison, the James Irvine Foundation, C. Bernard Jackson, Neil Simon and America's reigning theatrical couple--Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. They'll receive Theatre LA's second annual Ovation Awards on March 4 at the Pasadena Playhouse in a benefit for the Actors' Fund of America. Kudos may also be due the organizers of this year's awards for paring the number of winners down from last year's 15.
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November 25, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
The Mark Taper Forum production of August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean" became the gem of the Ovation Awards on Sunday, nabbing six Ovations -- more than any other show -- in L.A.'s annual peer-judged theater honors at the Orpheum Theatre. The Road Theatre Company's production of the thriller "The Woman in Black" won five of the green Ovation trophies, including best play in a smaller theater. Unlike most Ovation-winning shows, "The Woman in Black" is still playing.
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October 6, 1996 | Don Shirley
August Wilson will receive the annual lifetime achievement award at this year's Ovation Awards ceremony, and Matrix Theatre producer Joe Stern will receive the new James A. Doolittle Award for leadership in Los Angeles theater. The awards raise the possibility that the usual thank-yous will be supplemented by remarks of a more substantive nature than usual.
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October 4, 1995 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move Tuesday, Theatre LA bestowed its annual lifetime achievement award on South Coast Repertory founders Martin Benson and David Emmes, who have never joined the organization and whose productions are therefore ineligible for the group's Ovation Awards. In fact, Theatre LA's roster of more than 130 member theaters and producers doesn't include one from Orange County, said Theatre LA executive director William Freimuth.
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October 4, 1995 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Disney's Beauty and the Beast," East West Players' "Sweeney Todd" and Center Theatre Group led the pack of 1994-95 Ovation Award nominations, announced Tuesday by the sponsoring organization, Theatre LA. The Disney show at the Shubert Theatre picked up 13 nominations, more than any other single show, followed by "Sweeney Todd" with 12.
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November 24, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
For a decade, competitive Ovation Awards have saluted L.A.'s supposedly finest theatrical achievements. These peer-judged honors have become a November tradition, almost like Thanksgiving turkey. In the pre-Ovations days of the '80s, Times theater reporter Sylvie Drake observed Thanksgiving by writing an annual column devoted to "turkey awards" that she presented to dubious achievements in L.A. theater.
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November 17, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
A short-running revival of "1776" in Riverside -- far from most of the Ovation Award voters in Los Angeles County -- was the big winner at L.A.'s peer-judged theater awards Monday. Performance Riverside's "1776" -- which played only nine shows last April -- won five awards, including best musical in a larger theater. It took three acting awards, including a best musical actor nod for Steven Glaudini, who also was the company's executive director-producer.
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September 16, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Two mid-size theaters, on opposite sides of the Los Angeles area, joined the larger Center Theatre Group in leading the pack of nominations for the 2003-04 Ovation Awards, announced Wednesday. Rubicon Theatre in Ventura received 20 nominations for five productions, including seven for a revival of "Driving Miss Daisy" and six for "All My Sons."
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November 25, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
The Mark Taper Forum production of August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean" became the gem of the Ovation Awards on Sunday, nabbing six Ovations -- more than any other show -- in L.A.'s annual peer-judged theater honors at the Orpheum Theatre. The Road Theatre Company's production of the thriller "The Woman in Black" won five of the green Ovation trophies, including best play in a smaller theater. Unlike most Ovation-winning shows, "The Woman in Black" is still playing.
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September 17, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"The Woman in Black," "Anything Goes" and "Animal Farm" are ahead in the race for the annual Ovation Awards, L.A.'s peer-judged theater awards. Each of the three shows received seven nominations -- so far. But the total nomination figures aren't complete. Costume design nominations weren't announced Tuesday with the others. Because of a computer glitch, voters are being asked to resend their costume votes.
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November 26, 2002
The Ovation Awards are presented annually by Theatre LA, a service organization for Los Angeles theaters. This year, nearly 350 productions were eligible for consideration. Any production from a producer or company that belongs to Theatre LA is eligible but must pay a $45 registration fee on top of the membership dues of between $295 and $1,800 a year (depending on a company's annual gross) or $225 for a three-month membership (used by temporary producers).
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November 12, 1995 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer.
The reception for Ovation Award nominees last Sunday was at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel--the sort of ritzy palace where you might expect the Emmy or the Oscar nominees to be feted. Yet Ovations are L.A.'s peer-judged theater awards. The entire annual budget of L.A.'s home-grown theater scene probably isn't as big as that of "Waterworld."
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November 17, 1996 | Henry A. Kissinger, Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger writes frequently for The Times
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November 23, 2002 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
It's the biggest theater game in town. We're talking about Theatre LA's Ovation Awards, L.A.'s only peer-judged professional theater competition. Indeed, judging from how many productions are eligible, the Ovations tower over some much better-known competitions. For the 2001-02 Ovations, to be presented Sunday at L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre, 348 productions vied.
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September 30, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deaf West Theatre's innovative "Big River" collected the most Ovation Award nominations, announced Sunday. The sign-language-enriched musical took 11 nominations, the most for any single show. A modified version of the production will be produced by the Mark Taper Forum, opening Nov. 14. Four shows tied for second place in the nominations tally, with eight apiece: Taper productions of "Flower Drum Song" and "Into the Woods," Colony Theatre's "Side Show" and Road Theatre's "Napoli Milionaria."
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