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.
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Blogs and Websites of Interest
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Joe's Views -- Joe Meyers' Blog
Artes Magazine -- fine art, architecture, design and theater
Back Stage Buzz - current and archived interviews with CT artists
susangranger.com -- movie reviews
CT Arts Connection
WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review)
www.courant.com/curtain (Frank Rizzo reviews)
www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews)
www.nytheaterscene.com (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)
Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments
Two on the Aisle -- NYC and Connecticut Theater News and Reviews