Connecticut Critics Circle honor outstanding productions

George White, founder of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, with actress Nicole Scimeca, age 8 of Chicago, who is appearing in 'Anastasia' at Hartford Stage, present awards at the 2016 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. (Photo by Mara Lavitt)
George White, founder of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, with actress Nicole Scimeca, age 8 of Chicago, who is appearing in "Anastasia" at Hartford Stage, present awards at the 2016 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. (Photo by Mara Lavitt)

Two world premieres — Hartford Stage’s Broadway-bound “Anastasia” and Yale Repertory Theatre’s “Indecent,” which is currently playing in New York — received top honors as outstanding musical and play at the 26th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards show June 13 at Hartford Stage, which co-hosted the event with TheaterWorks.

Tina Fabrique, who starred in the musical “Ella” in productions in theaters across the country, was master of ceremonies and performed at the show, which honors outstanding achievements in the state’s 2015-16 professional theater season.

Other award recipients are:

Outstanding director of a play: Rebecca Taichman for “Indecent.”

Outstanding director of a musical: Darko Tresnjak for “Anastasia.”

Outstanding actor in a play: Rajesh Bose for “Disgraced” at Long Wharf Theatre.

Outstanding actor in a musical: Bobby Steggert for “My Paris” at Long Wharf Theatre.

Outstanding actress in a play: Erika Rolfsrud for “Good People” at Hartford’s TheaterWorks.

Outstanding actress in a musical: Christy Altomare for “Anastasia.”

Outstanding choreography: Peggy Hickey for “Anastasia”

Outstanding ensemble: “Indecent”

Outstanding featured actor in a play: Charles Janasz for “Romeo and Juliet” at Hartford Stage.

Outstanding featured actress in a play: Birgit Huppuch for “The Moors” at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Outstanding featured actor in a musical: Teren Carter for “Memphis” at Ivoryton Playhouse.

Outstanding featured actress in a musical: Mara Davi for “My Paris.”

Outstanding debut: Mohit Gautman for “Disgraced” at Long Wharf Theatre

Outsanding set design: Alexander Dodge for “Rear Window” at Hartford Stage.

Oustanding costume design: (a tie) for Linda Cho for “Anastasia” and Paul Tazewell for “My Paris” at Long Wharf Theatre

Outstanding lighting design: Donald Holder for “Anastasia”

Outstanding sound design: Darron L. West for “Body of an American” for Hartford Stage.

Outstanding projection design: Aaron Rhyne for “Anastasia” at Hartford Stage

Anne Keefe, stage manager of New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre and Broadway for more than 25 years and part of the leadership team that saved and transformed Westport Country Playhouse, received the Connecticut Critics Circle’s Tom Killen Award for lifetimes achievement in the theater. Longtime colleague Alkison Harris presented the award and read congratulations from former Long Wharf Theatre artistic director Arvin Brown and actor John Lithgow.

Special awards were presented to Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva, co-composers and co-music directors who created the Klezmer music for Yale Rep’s world premiere of “Indecent.”

Among the award presenters were Gov. Dannel F. Malloy and Cathy Malloy, CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, O’Neill Theater Center founder George White, animal trainer Bill Berloni and Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon.

Also performing was David Pittsinger, nominated for “South Pacific” at Ivoryton Playhouse.

The Connecticut Critics Circle is comprised of theater critics and writers in the state’s print, radio and on-line media.

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