Reefer Madness, the camp satire of America's war on drugs, was the big winner at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony, held March 20. The Kevin Murphy-Dan Studney musical won seven of the group's prizes, more than twice the number won by any other show. Among the citations bestowed on the show was one for outstanding production, which it shared with Interact Theatre's production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. Both Reefer Madness and The Cherry Orchard were Equity-waiver productions in 99-seat theatres.
The runner-up in the overall LADCC award total was When Pigs Fly, another vest-pocket musical which copped three prizes. The Cherry Orchard, Center Theatre Group's Cinderella, South Coast Rep's The Philanderer, and Cast Theatre's Bitter Women each won two awards.
Reefer Madness took prizes in the following categories: Production, Musical Score, Lead Performance (Christian Campbell), Costume Design, Sound Design, Choreography and Musical Direction.
The writing award went to Laural Meade for Harry Thaw Hates Everybody. The Ted Schmitt Award went to Paul Mullin for The Louis Slotkin Sonata. Ron Sossi was given the Ron Link Award and the Margaret Hartford Award went to Will Geer Theatricam Botanicum.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent