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Playhouse Wins 12 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

Playhouse Wins 12 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards

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La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley accepting the award for Outstanding Touring Production for "Notes from Underground." Photo courtesy of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle

La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley accepting the award for Notes from Underground. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards

Oh what a night! The Playhouse took home the lion’s share of awards last night at the 2011 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle’s Craig Noel Awards, which took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla.

Ruined, our co-production with Huntington Theatre Company and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, took home top honors. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama received 7 awards, including Outstanding Dramatic Production; Direction (Liesl Tommy); Lead Performance, Female (Tonye Patano); Featured Performance, Female (Zainab Jah); Ensemble; Set Design (Clint Ramos) and Sound Design (Broken Chord).

“It’s rare to have one production win in so many categories, but when we held our voting session in December, virtually every member of the Critics Circle ranked Ruined No. 1, so it was a hard act to follow,” said Critics Circle President Pam Kragen on the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle website.

We are also thrilled that our “Charlie Chaplin,” Rob McClure, took home the award for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical (Male) for his role in the world-premiere musical, Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, which won the award for Outstanding New Musical.

Additionally, our presentation of Notes from Underground was recognized as Outstanding Touring Production, while its star, Bill Camp, was honored with a special award for an actor in a touring production for his searing performance as the “Underground Man.” And in the category for Outstanding Music for a Play, Mark Bennett won the award for his delightful, innovative score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For a full list of award winners, please visit www.sdcriticscircle.org

Check out the live tweet coverage of the event on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/ljplayhouse

Congratulations to all of the winners!