Arts In LA
SAGE AWARDS
for theater in 2016


Kristen Beth Williams, Kevin Massey, and Adrienne Eller in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Ahmanson Theatre
Joan Marcus

   Welcome to the fourth annual Sage Awards, voted on by the theater critics of ArtsInLA.

   The names below represent what we believe were the best of the best we saw onstage in 2016—among productions, directors, writers, performers, and designers.

   This year’s ArtsInLA.com critics who voted are Travis Holder, Dany Margolies, Dink O’Neal, Mindy Schupmann, and Jonas Schwartz. We congratulate those who are named below.

   But in addition, from all of us, we send our respect and admiration to each theatermaker who made it through 2016.


PRODUCTION

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre

Casa Valentina, Pasadena Playhouse

Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company

Disgraced, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum

One of the Nice Ones, Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Pacific Resident Theatre      

PLAYWRITING (world premiere)

Jon Robin Baitz, Vicuña, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre

Tom Jacobson, Captain of the Bible Quiz Team, Rogue Machine at various venues

Erik Patterson, One of the Nice Ones, Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre

Jason Wells, The Engine of Our Ruin, The Victory Theatre’s Bare Bones, at The Victory Theatre Center

MUSICAL SCORE (world premiere)

Caroline Sherman and Robert Hull, Empire, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

DIRECTION

Joe Langworth, West Side Story, Musical Theatre West at Carpenter Center

Maria Gobetti, The Engine of Our Ruin, The Victory Theatre’s Bare Bones, at The Victory Theatre Center

Dana Jackson, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Pacific Resident Theatre

Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY

Christopher M. Albrecht, Urinetown the Musical, Coeurage Theatre Company

Leslie Stevens, The Full Monty, 3–D Theatricals

MUSIC DIRECTION

Corey Hirsch, The Full Monty, 3–D Theatricals

SCENIC DESIGN

Tom Buderwitz, Casa Valentina, Pasadena Playhouse

Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre

Keith Mitchell, Stage Kiss, Geffen Playhouse

LIGHTING DESIGN

Ken Booth, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Pacific Resident Theatre

COSTUME DESIGN

Kate Bergh, Casa Valentina, Pasadena Playhouse

Ann Closs-Farley, Women Laughing Alone With Salad, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre

A. Jeffrey Schoenberg, Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company

SOUND DESIGN

Dan Moses Schreier, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theater Group at Ahmanson Theatre

John Zalewski, The Revisionist, Wallis Center for the Performing Arts

PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY

Ginna Carter, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Pacific Resident Theatre

Rebecca Gray, One of the Nice Ones, Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre

Rob Nagle, Church & State, Skylight Theatre Company

Aisling O’Sullivan, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum

Rodney To, One of the Nice Ones, Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre

PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL

Darren Criss, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Pantages Theatre

Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Pantages Theatre

Randy Harrison, Cabaret, Pantages Theatre

Candi Milo, The Full Monty, 3–D Theatricals

John Rapson, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre

Kristen Beth Williams, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

Casa Valentina, Pasadena Playhouse: Christian Clemenson, Nike Doukas, Valerie Mahaffey, Robert Mammana, Raymond McAnally, Lawrence Pressman, James Snyder, Mark Jude Sullivan, and John Vickery

Go Back to Where You Are, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble: Bill Brochtrup, John Fleck, Annabelle Gurwitch, Shannon Holt, Justin Huen, Jeffrey Hutchinson, and Andrew Walke

One of the Nice Ones, Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre: Rebecca Gray, Graham Hamilton, Tara Karsian, and Rodney To

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Pacific Resident Theatre: Paul Anderson, Ginna Carter, Philip Cass, Derek Chariton, Joan Chodorow, Mary Jo Deschanel, Andrew Dits, Brad Greenquist, Choppy Guillotte, Amy Huntington, and Rita Obermeyer

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Sam Harris, Ham, Los Angeles LGBT Center

Deborah Puette, Captain of the Bible Quiz Team, Rogue Machine at various venues

Rainn Wilson, Thom Pain (based on nothing), Geffen Playhouse

January 3, 2017


 
The cast of Casa Valentina at Pasadena Playhouse
Jim Cox Photography



Rodney To and Rebecca Gray in One of the Nice Ones, Echo Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theater
Darrett Sanders


Bill Brochtrup and Bo Foxworth in Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company
Geoffrey Wade Photography


Brad Greenquist and Ginna Carter in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Pacific Resident Theatre


Dinora Z. Walcott in Women Laughing Alone With Salad, Kirk Douglas Theatre
Craig Schwartz


John Rapson (as Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith) in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Ahmanson Theatre
Joan Marcus


Glenne Headly, Barry Del Sherman, and Melody Butiu in Stage Kiss, Geffen Playhouse
Jeff Lorch Photography


Deborah Puette in Captain of the Bible Quiz Team, Rogue Machine
John Perrin Flynn


Fitzmaurice Voicework
with Lisa Pelikan

www.LisaPelikan.com


 
NEW THIS WEEK:


* Reviews of The Lion, Amelie, The King and I

*On our sister site, ArtsInNY, reviews of Othello, The Present

COMING SOON:

* Reviews of Adler & Gibb, Pick of the Vine, Beckett5, The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, Nunsense, and more

 

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