Images from Connecticut Critics Circle Awards At Westport Playhouse

 ALL PHOTOS BY MARA LAVITT

ALL PHOTOS BY MARA LAVITT

The 28th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards ceremony was held at Westport Country Playhouse Monday night before of an audience of several hundred theater artists and theater lovers.

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Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas, stars of TheaterWorks' perennial "Christmas on the Rocks," were masters of ceremonies.

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Playhouse on Park presented a number from its current production of "In the Heights" 

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David Kennedy, associate artistic director at the Playhouse, accepted awards on behalf of sound designer Fitz Patton and lighting designer Matthew Richards for their work in the Playhouse's production of "Appropriate":

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Reg Rogers received outstanding actor in a play for the Yale Repertory Theatre production of "An Enemy of the People"

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Outstanding features actress in a musical award went to Jodi Stevens for Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s “Singin’ in the Rain.”

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Goodspeed Musicals' executive director Michael Gennaro accepted the outstanding production for a musical award for "Rags":

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Michael Stotts, managing director for Hartford Stage, accepted the outstanding play production award for the world premiere of "The Age of Innocence"

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Samantha Massell received the outstanding actress in a musical award for Goodspeed's "Rags":

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Jamie LaVerdiere received outstanding actor in a musical award for Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s production of “1776." 

 

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The debut award went to Megan O’Callaghan  for “The Bridges of Madison County” and "Fun Home,” both at Music Theatre of Connecticut.

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David Lewis received an outstanding set design award for Playhouse on Park’s “The Diary of Anne Frank.

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Bill Bivona received a special award for his musical work in TheaterWorks' production of "Constellations"

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A special award also went to the Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield for its theater program for young people. Pictured are its executive directors, J. Scott Hanley and Connor Deane.

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A special award also went to New London;'s Flock Theatre for its production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" presented before audiences of 25 at the Monte Cristo Cottage of New London, the boyhood home of O'Neill , in the actual rooms where the play is set. Pictured is its executive artistic director Derron Wood.

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Goodspeed Musicals producer Donnas Lynn Cooper Hilton accepted on behalf of choreographer Kelli Barclay. Donna Lynn also presented Michael O'Flaherty with the Tom Killen Award.

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Cory Candelet receives an award as outstanding featured actor in a musical for Ivoryton Playhouse's production of "The Fantasticks" 

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The cast of TheaterWorks' "The Wolves" received the award for outstanding ensemble. 

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Matt Faucher also received the award for outstanding featured actor in a musical for Goodspeed's "Oklahoma." (The award was a tie.)

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Matthew Pugliese, managing director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre, accents the award on behalf on Terrence Mann, for outstanding director of a musical for "1776."

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Isabelle Barbier accents the award for outstanding actress in a play award for Playhouse on Park's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

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Yana Birykova received an award for outstanding projections for Westport Country Playhouse’s “Grounded”

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Michael O'Flaherty receives the Tom Killen Award for his work as music director at Goodspeed Musicals for the past 27 years.

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Ezra Barnes, director of Playhouse on Park's "The Diary of Anne Frank" receives the outstanding director of a play award.

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Jenn and Matthew were charming and hilarious.


Awards were also given out to Linda Cho for outstanding costumes for Hartford Stage's "The Age of Innocence" and for  outstanding featured actors in a play (Peter Francis James for Westport Country Playhouse’s production of “Romeo and Juliet" and to Judith Ivey for Long Wharf Theatre’s world premiere of “Fireflies.”)