The eleventh annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in Connecticut theater during the 2000-2001 season, have been announced. The winners were decided upon on June 12. Big victors included the Long Wharf Theatre's staging of Big Love and Goodspeed Musicals' mounting of Brigadoon. Each claimed three prizes.
Hartford Stage also did well, earning trophies for its productions of Baptiste: A Life of Moliere and The Glass Menagerie.
The awards will be officially handed out at a ceremony on June 24 at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.
Following is the complete list of winners:
Production of a play: Long Wharf Theatre for Big Love
Production of a musical: Goodspeed Musicals for Brigadoon
Actress in a play (tie): Anne Dudek in The Glass Menagerie at Hartford Stage; Lauren Klein in Big Love
Actor in a play: Jeremy Shamos in Baptiste: A Life of Molière at Hartford Stage
Actress in a musical: Kristen Howe in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport
Actor in a musical: John Scherer in George M at Goodspeed Musicals
Direction of a play: Les Waters for Big Love
Direction of a musical: Greg Ganakas for Brigadoon
Choreography: Peggy Hickey for Brigadoon
Set design: Adam Huggard for The Man Who Could See Through Time at Seven Angels Theatre
Lighting design: Hugh Hallinan for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Costume design: Toni-Leslie James for Baptiste: A Life of Molière
Sound design: David Budries for Heaven at Yale Rep
Ensemble performance: Jane Curtin, Sam Freed, Neil Patrick Harris, Fritz Weaver, and Elizabeth Wilson in Ancestral Voices at Westport Country Playhouse
Roadshow: International Festival of Arts & Ideas, presenter of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Macbeth, starring Anthony Sher
Debut Award: M. Neko Parham in Tamer of Horses at Stamford Theatre Works
Tom Killen Memorial Award: George C. White, founder of Eugene O'Neill Theater Center —By Robert Simonson