The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced on Thursday its nominations for its 2012 awards. Leading the way, with five nominations each, were productions of August Wilson's "Jitney," "Silence! The Musical" and
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony on March 18 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. "Third Rock From the Sun" actor
"Jitney" was produced at South Coast Repertory and later transferred to the Pasadena Playhouse. "Silence," the bawdy musical parody of
The nominees for best production of the year are "Jitney" and "Silence" as well as "Cyrano," presented by the Fountain Theatre and Deaf West Theatre; "Justin Love" at the Celebration Theatre; the national touring production of
"Godot" was nominated in the category of best revival alongside "Heartbreak House" at the Theatricum Botanicum and "West Side Story" at the Chance Theatre.
Unlike other awards, the L.A. Drama Critics Circle often chooses multiple winners in each category. The organization consists of theater critics from around Southern California, including two regular reviewers for The Times, F. Kathleen Foley and David C. Nichols.
Last year's big winners were "Margo Veil," a play by Len Jenkins that was performed at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" by the Ebony Repertory Theatre, with four wins each.
For the full list of this year's nominations, check the L.A. Drama Critics Circle website.