Arts In LA
SAGE AWARDS
for theater in 2017



Welcome to the fifth annual Sage Awards, voted on by the Los Angeles theater critics of ArtsInLA.com.

Although the names of productions, writers, directors, designers, and performers below represent those we managed to agree upon as the best among those we saw in the Southland in 2017, we salute every theatermaker who managed to make art onstage despite slings and arrows from all sides, including within.

We hope to see you in 2018 as we traverse interesting times.



PRODUCTION


Kate Shindle, Abby Corrigan, and Alessandra Baldacchino in Fun Home
Photo by Joan Marcus

Archduke, Mark Taper Forum

Bright Star, Ahmanson Theatre

Fun Home, Ahmanson Theatre

Hamilton, Pantages Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ahmanson Theatre

The House in Scarsdale, Theatre @ Boston Court

PLAYWRITING


Stephen Stocking, Ramiz Monsef, Todd Weeks, and Josiah Bania in Archduke
Photo by Craig Schwartz

Jon Brittain, Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre

Rajiv Joseph, Archduke, Mark Taper Forum

Jon Klein, Resolving Hedda, Victory Theatre

Dan O’Brien, The House in Scarsdale, Theatre @ Boston Court

ADAPTATION

Craig Lucas, An American in Paris, Pantages Theatre

Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ahmanson Theatre

MUSICAL SCORE


Maddie Shea Baldwin, Patrick Cummings, Kaitlyn Davidson, Jeff Blumenkrantz, A.J. Shively and Carmen Cusack in Bright Star
Photo by Craig Schwartz


Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star, Ahmanson Theatre

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, Pantages Theatre

Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, Fun Home, Ahmanson Theatre

DIRECTION


Brian Henderson and Tim Cummings in The House in Scarsdale
Photo by Ed Krieger

Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ahmanson Theatre

Sam Gold, Fun Home, Ahmanson Theatre

Michael Michetti, The House in Scarsdale, Theatre @ Boston Court

Giovanna Sardelli, Archduke, Mark Taper Forum

Michael Shepperd, Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY


Noelle Marion, Rebecca Lumianski, Jennifer Leigh Warren, and Silvie Zamora in Nunsense

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton, Pantages Theatre

K.C. Gussler, Nunsense, Palos Verdes Performing Arts at Norris Theatre

Josh Rhodes, Bright Star, Ahmanson Theatre

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris, Pantages Theatre

MUSIC DIRECTION


Jeff Skowron in Fiddler on the Roof, er, make that Spamalot
Photo by jesseashton.com

Todd Ellison, An American in Paris, Pantages Theatre

David Lamoureux, Spamalot, 3-D Theatricals at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

SCENIC DESIGN


Maria Elena Ramirez, Gene Gillette, and Adam Langdon in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Photo by Joan Marcus

Nicholas Acciani, 33 Variations, Actors Co-op

Bunny Christie, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ahmanson Theatre

LIGHTING DESIGN

Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ahmanson Theatre

Andrew Schmedake, 33 Variations, Actors Co-op

COSTUME DESIGN

E. B. Brooks, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse

Bob Crowley, An American in Paris, Pantages Theatre

SOUND DESIGN

Ian Dickinson, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ahmanson Theatre

PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY


Larry Powell and Matt McGrath in The Legend of Georgia McBride
Photo by Jeff Lorch


Tim Cummings, The House in Scarsdale, Theatre @ Boston Court

Brian Henderson, The House in Scarsdale, Theatre @ Boston Court

Adam Langdon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ahmanson Theatre

Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse

Patrick Page, Archduke, Mark Taper Forum

Larry Powell, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse

Debra Jo Rupp, The Cake, The Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre

PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL


Josh Grisetti and Rob McClure with the ensemble in Something Rotten!
Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Alessandra Baldacchino, Fun Home, Ahmanson Theatre

Carmen Cusack, Bright Star, Ahmanson Theatre

Josh Grisetti, Something Rotten!, Ahmanson Theatre

Joshua Henry, Hamilton, Pantages Theatre

Rob McClure, Something Rotten!, Ahmanson Theatre

Robert Petkoff, Fun Home, Ahmanson Theatre


ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE


Zakiya Young, Wilkie Ferguson III, William Cooper Howell, John Devereaux, and Dedrick A. Bonner in Spamilton
Photo by Craig Schwartz

33 Variations, Actors Co-op: John Allee, Greyson Chadwick, Bruce Ladd, Nan McNamara, Brandon Parrish, Stephen Rockwell, and Treva Tegtmeier

Archduke, Mark Taper Forum: Josiah Bania, Stephanie McVay, Ramiz Monsef, Patrick Page, Stephen Stocking, and Todd Weeks

Rotterdam, Skylight Theatre: Ryan Brophy, Audrey Cain, Ashley Romans, and Miranda Wynne

Spamilton, Kirk Douglas Theatre: Glenn Bassett, Susanne Blakeslee, Dedrick A. Bonner, Becca Brown, John Devereaux, Wilkie Ferguson III, William Cooper Howell, Elijah Reyes, and Zakiya Young

SOLO PERFORMANCE



Arye Gross
, Underneath the Lintel, Geffen Playhouse


January 9, 2018

The 2017 voting critics of ArtsInLA.com are Dany Margolies, Dink O'Neal, Jonas Schwartz, and Melinda Schupmann
 

 

 
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