Outer Critics Circle Names New President

News   Outer Critics Circle Names New President The Outer Critics Circle has named New Jersey theatre reviewer Simon Saltzman as its new acting president. Thomas Gentile and Rosalind Friedman will also join the executive committee.

Saltzman, a long-time member of the OCC executive committee, replaces last year's president Aubrey Reuben. The new president has written for several online publications in addition to U.S. 1 Newspaper in Princeton and the Bergen News Group's Commuter Week.

Gentile serves as a journalist and critic for The Providence and Friedman is a Connecticut broadcaster and critic.

Marjorie Gunner, the organization's president for 25 years prior to Reuben, continues as president emeriti and serves on both the organization's executive board and nominating committee. 

The OCC is an "organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway." The collective also present its Outer Critics Circle Awards annual, which are known as the first honors of the theatre season.

The 2004-2005 Outer Critics Circle Awards winners were as follows: OUTSTANDING BROADWAY PLAY
Doubt

OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL
Monty Python's Spamalot

OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY PLAY (tie)
Fat Pig
Going to St. Ives

OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Altar Boyz


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Twelve Angry Men


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
La Cage aux Folles

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Brían F. O'Byrne, Doubt

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Cherry Jones, Doubt

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Norbert Leo Butz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Victoria Clark, The Light in the Piazza

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Jeff Goldblum, The Pillowman

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Amy Ryan, A Streetcar Named Desire

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Dan Fogler, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sara Ramirez, Monty Python's Spamalot

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Billy Crystal, 700 Sundays

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Doug Hughes, Doubt

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Mike Nichols, Monty Python's Spamalot

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Jerry Mitchell, La Cage aux Folles

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Anthony Ward, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Tim Hatley, Monty Python's Spamalot

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Christopher Akerlind, The Light in the Piazza

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Ron Hutchinson, Moonlight and Magnolias

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Marjorie Gunner


The organization named photo journalist and long-time OCC member Aubrey Reuben as its new acting president in February. Reuben has served as a theatre critic for 15minutesmagazine.com, a columnist for theatrelovers.com, a celebrity photographer for The New York Post, Playbill, Playbill.com, The Hampton Sheet and Black-Tie International.