As the year winds down, many terrific local and regional awards have honored their best productions and performers. In San Diego, the nominees for the 2012 Craig Noel Awards were announced this week, honoring more than 110 local productions and artists, as well as leading national theatre artists performing on the San Diego theatre scene. Leading the list of nominations with six each were The Old Globe's musical Allegiance, and Moxie Theatre's revival of Lorraine Hansberry's, A Raisin in the Sun. The Craig Noel Awards were announced by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle on December 21, 2012, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 4, 2013.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Center Theatre Group swept the recent 2012 The LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, garnering a total of 13 honors in all, for productions at three of its venues: The Convert (the Kirk Douglas Theatre), Waiting for Godot (the Mark Taper Forum), and War Horse (the Ahmanson Theatre). The Convert's awards included Emily Mann for Best Director, Pascale Armand for Leading Actress, and Zainab Jah for Featured Actress. The Mark Taper Forum production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot took home five awards, while The National Theatre's staging of War Horse was also honored as Best Presented Production.
PHOTO: Zainab Jah, Warner Joseph Miller, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Pascale Armand and LeRoy McClain in The Convert. Photo by T Charles Erickson. Courtesy of the Ovation Awards.