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CCC Awards Ceremony

By Karen Isaacs

In an evening filled with heartfelt moments, the Connecticut Critics Circle presented it 25th annual awards for outstanding theatrical achievements at Connecticut's theaters during the 2014-15 season.

For those keeping score, the production of Hamlet at Hartford Stage won the most awards, picking up accolades for sound, as well as featured actor in a play, lead actor in a play, outstanding direction and best production of a play. The musical awards were split with Fiddler on the Roof, which was produced at Goodspeed, winning awards for lead actor and director, but Holiday Inn, also from Goodspeed winning for outstanding production.

The awards were presented at the Yale's Iseman Theater in New Haven with an audience of almost 200 looking on. The awards were considered a special event in connection with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

(Photo: Carmen de Lavellade and R. Bruce Connelly, master of ceremonies. All photos by Mara Lavitt)


STONC's DramaRamas Program Wins Special Award


Ed Libonati Accepts the Special Award for DramaRamas

By David Rosenberg

On to next season? Not quite yet. That sometimes awkward bestowing of theatrical honors – how can we really determine what’s “best”? -- hasn’t reached its end. Up next are the Connecticut Critics Circle (CCC) Awards, tomorrow at the Iseman Theater in New Haven.

Expect winners to graciously acknowledge the competition, as did Michael Cerveris upon receiving a Tony as Best Leading Actor in a Musical for “Fun Home.” In his heartfelt acceptance speech, he also said, “Our show is about home, about finding who you are. (My family) instilled a love of art and a compassion for other people . . . (allowing them) to be their pure wonderful selves.”

Encouraging children with special needs to be “their pure wonderful selves” earned a special CCC citation for Summer Theater of New Canaan (STONC) and its unique DramaRamas program. “The job of an artistic director is to figure out the community,” said Melody Libonati, a former professional actress who runs the program. “In Fairfield County, there’s a vibrant population of special needs students, and their families were looking for something for them,” she explained at the organization’s studio near the New Canaan railroad station, to the accompanying sounds of rehearsals in the next room and frequent train arrivals.


Articles of Interest:

Latina Actress Gizel Jimenez -- A Passion for Acting --

By Bessy Reyna


Blogs and Websites of Interest

Blogs about Connecticut theater, movie reviews, and the arts.

Zander Opper

Joe's Views -- Joe Meyers' Blog

Artes Magazine -- fine art, architecture, design and theater

Back Stage Buzz - current and archived interviews with CT artists -- movie reviews

CT Arts Connection

WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review) (Frank Rizzo reviews)

www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews) (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)

Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments

Two on the Aisle -- NYC and Connecticut Theater News and Reviews



Maureen Anderman to Star in "Love and Money"

By Frank Rizzo

Maureen Anderman will star in the "world premiere preview" of A.R. Gurney's "Love & Money" at the Westport Country Playhouse. The show runs July 21 to Aug. 8 and is staged by the theater's artistic director and frequent Gurney collaborator, Mark Lamos.

Anderman appeared in "The Year of Magical Thinking," and in A. R. Gurney's "Later Life," and "After-Play" at the Playhouse. She has appeared in other plays by Gurney, including "The Cocktail Hour" and "Ancestral Voices."

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