CT Critics Circle Awards Announced; Lacey and McGrath Among Winners

News   CT Critics Circle Awards Announced; Lacey and McGrath Among Winners The 12th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in Connecticut theatre during the 2001-2002 season, have been announced.

The 12th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in Connecticut theatre during the 2001-2002 season, have been announced.

Big victors included the Long Wharf Theatre's staging of Yellowman and the Hartford Stage Company's mounting of Seascape. Each claimed three prizes. This season's awards also featured two ties: Seascape and Yellowman tied for Production of a Play, and former Evita Florence Lacey tied with Lovena Fox for Actress in a Musical for their work in, respectively, Wings and Jekyll and Hyde.

Awards were distributed Monday, June 24, at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, Conn. Following is the complete list of winners:

Production of a Play: (tie) Hartford Stage for Seascape and Long Wharf Theatre for Yellowman
Production of a Musical: Downtown Cabaret Theatre for Smokey Joe's Café
Actress in a Play: Dael Orlandersmith in Yellowman (Long Wharf Theatre)
Actor in a Play: Howard W. Overshown in Yellowman (Long Wharf Theatre)
Actress in a Musical (tie) Lovena Fox in Jekyll and Hyde (Downtown Cabaret Theatre) and Florence Lacey in Wings (Connecticut Repertory Theatre)
Actor in a Musical: Michael McGrath in They All Laughed (Goodspeed Musicals)
Direction of a Play: Rob Ruggiero for The Laramie Project (TheaterWorks)
Direction of a Musical: Semina De Laurentis for My Way (Seven Angels Theatre)
Choreography: Jamie Rocco for Smokey Joe's Café (Downtown Cabaret Theatre)
Set Design: John Coyne for You Never Can Tell (Yale Repertory Theatre)
Lighting Design: Mimi Jordan Sherin for Seascape (Hartford Stage)
Costume Design: Mirena Rada for Pera Palas (Long Wharf Theatre)
Sound Design: David Budries for Seascape (Hartford Stage)
Ensemble Performance: Michael Anderson, Mary Bacon, Natalie Brown, Matthew J. Cody, Antoinette LaVecchia, Duane Noch, Susan Patrick and Jeremy Webb in The Laramie Project (TheatreWorks)
Debut Award: Patrick O'Sullivan and Philip Piarrot in Lost in Yonkers (River Rep)
Special Award: To the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and, in particular, its presentation of the Abbey Theatre production of Translations
Tom Killen Memorial Award: Steve Campo, Artistic Director of TheaterWorks

—By Andrew Gans and Robert Simonson