LOS ANGELES -- The Circle X Theatre Company was a big winner at the recent 20th annual L.A. Weekly Awards ceremony, held at the Tom Bradley Theatre. Circle X walked away with honors in the "production of the year" and "playwriting" categories for its 1998 production of Glen Berger's Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22.
The winners in the "revival production of the year (of a 20th century work)" and "musical of the year" areas were Pacific Resident Theatre (Indiscretions and Celebration Theatre (Naked Boys Singing, respectively.
Theater of Note was tapped for two awards: "one act performance" Richard Werner and "one act playwriting", Dennis Miles (Middle Savage.
The Tiffany Theatre's production of The Mystery of Irma Vep also won twice, for "comedy performance, male" (Tony Abatemarco) and "comedy direction" (Randee Trabitz).
Among the other actors singled out for performance prizes were Pamela Gordon (One Flea Spare, Dan Gerrity (Melody Jones, Veralyn Jones (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Andre Marrero (The Duchess of Malfi and Thea Constantine (Coyote Women). The "ensemble" prize went to Cornerstone Theatre Company's cast of Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella. Lighting designer Rae Creevey received the "career achievement award" for her work with East West Players and the evening was dedicated to the memory of Theodore Apstein, William Frankfather and Charles Hallahan.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent