The Winners at the 29th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards

The 29th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were presented on Monday, January 28, 2019, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles where 36 awards were bestowed on theater productions, producers, directors, artists, and technicians.

Sixteen different Southern California theatre companies won thirty-six awards, including the Center Theatre Group for "Soft Power", Rogue Artists Ensemble and East West Players for "Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin," the Bootleg Theatre for "Theater Movement Bazaar's Grail Project," the Geffen Playhouse for "Ironbound," "Sell/Buy/Date," and "Skeleton Crew," the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts for "South Pacific" and "Ain't Misbehavin'," the Celebration Theatre  for "Priscilla Queen of the Desert,"  and  The Echo Theater Company  for "Cry it Out." A Noise Within received the Best Season Award  for "A Raisin in the Sun," "A Tale of Two Cities," "Henry V," "Mrs. Warren's Profession," "Noises Off," "The Madwoman of Chaillot."

Members of The Kilroys, hosts of the 29th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Monday, January 28, 2019. Photo by Monique A. LeBleu.

The Ovation Honors, which recognizes outstanding achievement in areas that are not among the standard list of nomination categories, were awarded to Adrien Prevost (Music Composition for a Play, Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, Rogue Artists Ensemble co-produced with East West Players) and Brian White, Sean Cawelti, Greg Ballora, Morgan Reban, Jack Pullman, and Christine Papalexis (Puppet Design, Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, Rogue Artists Ensemble co-produced with East West Players).

The Center Theatre Group presented the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award to writer, comedian, and performance artist Kristina Wong, which also includes $10,000 endowed by the Sherwood family for innovative and adventurous artists.

Wong, who took the unique opportunity of this night to announce her candidacy for Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council Subdistrict 5 Resident Representative, said in acceptance, “In this line of work there's a very fine line between being a madwoman and a visionary. It is so validating to be recognized as the latter by this vibrant LA Theatre community that has made me the performance artist slash political candidate that I am today."

The Kilroys came with their message to the theater community at large to encourage the hiring and support of more women, trans, and non-binary artists in theater in order to achieve gender balance. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paula Vogel, offered words of encouragement to the theater community as well, aligning with The Kilroys message of the evening with "The sooner produced, the sooner prolific."

This year's show, held at the glorious landmark United Artists 1927 movie palace that is now the Theatre at Ace Hotel, was directed by Artistic Director of Coeurage Theatre Company Jer Adrianne Lelliott, also featured live performances including by women's choral group Vox Femina.

The Ovation Awards is annually produced by LA STAGE Alliance, "a non-profit organization dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and support for the performing arts in Los Angeles" and companies DOMA Theatre CompanyUCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, F&D Scene Changes Ltd., USC School of Dramatic Arts, Bakers Man Productions, Venture Hill Entertainment LLC, Seven Waves Entertainment LLC, Requiem Media Productions LLC, Variety, and Ken Werther Publicity sponsored the event.

Here's the complete list of winners. For more information visit LAStageAlliance.com

The awards show was broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook, in case you missed the show or would like to relive it.

Featured top photo: Rachel Myers accepts her Ovation Award for Scenic Design (Large Theatre) for "Skeleton Crew" (Geffen Playhouse) at 29th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles, Monday, January 28, 2019. Photo by Monique A. LeBleu.


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Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and events and lot of them have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorites and when you click on a title, you will see all the critics' and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your adventures this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!


EVENTS OPENING THIS WEEK

THE TRAGEDY OF MEDUSA @ Son of Semele

January 16, 2019 8:00 pm

The romantic relationship between the goddess Athena and her human priestess, Medusa is complicated when the other gods find out and intervene. This nuanced and challenging retelling of the classical Medusa myth is poetic ...read more


DEFINITION OF MAN @ Arena Theater

January 17, 2019 7:00 pm

A sexier, more violent Waiting for Godot, Definition of Man is a physicalized post-modern decreation myth. The one-act was created by Nikki Muller and Jason Rosario by synthesizing personal narratives, academic texts and Russian ...read more


THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN @ Antaeus Theatre at Kiki David Gindler Performing Arts Center

January 17, 2019 8:00 pm

Inspired by the real-life filming of the documentary Man of Aran, Olivier Award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh's dark comedy is set on the small Aran Island community of Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) off the Western Coast ...read more


IT IS DONE @ Theatre 40

January 17, 2019 8:00 pm

Hank's Bar is a roadside joint on a desolate highway in the middle of nowhere. Hank the barkeep (played by Kurtis Bedford) passes the time when he has no customers by perusing a porn ...read more


DOUBLE DOUBLE - A MEDITATION ON MACBETH @ The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

January 17, 2019 8:00 pm

Macbeth didn't die on the battlefield of Dunsinane — he entered witness protection and was relocated to 1950s Los Angeles to sell insurance.  Double Double collides Macbeth with the classic film noir Double Indemnity, delivering ...read more


GRAY PEOPLE (2019 EXTENSION)@ The Belfry Stage (Upstairs)

January 17, 2019 8:30 pm

Critics Lemonade: 100%
Audience Lemonade: 100%

Walter Kartman and Kyle Felts - Photo Credit: Carlos R. Hernandez Kyle Felts, Walter Kartman and Olivia Lemmon - Photo Credit: Carlos R. Hernandez...read more


BRILLIANT [email protected] Lounge Theatre

January 18, 2019 8:00 pm

Rosannah Deluce has been driving for days. Her car dies in a snowbound corner of Alaska. In distress, she seeks shelter in the only nearby structure, an old barn that is the home of ...read more


HOW TO PRODUCE A HOLLYWOOD FRINGE SHOW @ Studio C

January 19, 2019 1:00 pm

Excited about the thought of doing a show at HFF, but have concerns and questions? Get the answers to your questions and an overview of the Hollywood Fringe in this 3 hour workshop, taught ...read more


LIZZIE @ Bootleg Theater

January 19, 2019 7:30 pm

Critics Lemonade: 100%

EXTENDED! LIZZIE will now bring the axe down at the Bootleg Theater Jan. 19-27, 2019 On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were ...read more


SHEENA [email protected] Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

Grammy Award winning singer, recording artist and actress Sheena Easton is a versatile performer who is a top concert attraction around the world. Known for numerous hit songs, including “U Got the Look” with ...read more


THE 39 STEPS @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

Hitchcock meets hilarious in this fast-paced mystery/romantic comedy/adventure for everyone who loves the magic of theater. The Morgan-Wixson presents The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and based ...read more


HIR @ Odyssey Theatre

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

A darkly funny, shockingly absurd and endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition by MacArthur genius Taylor Mac. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan with a dishonorable discharge, only to ...read more


AN EVENING WITH JOHN WILKES BOOTH @ Theatre West

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865) was notable on several accounts. He was a successful and wealthy actor, and member of a celebrated show business family (son of Junius Brutus Booth and brother to Edwin and ...read more


FAMILY [email protected] Jewish Women's Theatre @ The Braid

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

Moving and funny show of stories exploring secrets only whispered about, until now! ...read more


SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE FINAL PROBLEM (OLD TIME RADIO STYLE) @ Long Beach Performing Arts Center (Beverly O'Neill Theatre)

January 19, 2019 8:00 pm

When Holmes and Moriarty face off at Reichbach, one or both must fall! In the last of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first run of Sherlock Holmes stories, he wanted a dramatic showdown between the super-sleuth ...read more


CINDERELLA @ Santa Monica Playhouse

January 20, 2019 12:30 pm

The Los Angeles Times dubbed this Santa Monica Playhouse original family theatre musical  "An Enchanting Cinderella!…captivates its young audience, highlighted by fast pacing, fancy costuming and a lovely, unweepy Cinderella…she's no slouch with a ...read more


THE MARRIAGE ZONE @ Santa Monica Playhouse

January 20, 2019 3:00 pm

Critics Lemonade: 87%
Audience Lemonade: 100%

Cal and Beth are selling their home. They're visited by Skip and Ellie, an engaged couple, very much in love who are eager to buy their first home. They're joined by Mike and Liz, ...read more


ALEICHEM SHOLOM! THE WIT AND WISDOM OF SHOLOM ALEICHEM @ Santa Monica Playhouse

January 20, 2019 3:30 pm

Critics Lemonade: 92%

Extended Once More! Take a journey through the life, loves and laughter of the world's most beloved Yiddish humorist, as you are treated to an in-depth look at the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical ...read more


ROD SERLING'S STORIES FROM THE ZONE @ Theatre 40

January 21, 2019 8:00 pm

Rod Serling's Stories from the Zone consists of stage adaptations of two classic episodes of his best-loved TV series. Mr. Garrity and the Graves: In the Old West circa 1890, a man and his ...read more


WELL @ Lindhurst Theatre at Pepperdine University

January 22, 2019 7:30 pm

"This play is not about my mother and me," begins Lisa Kron in this hilarious, moving story that combines the genres of solo performance and experimental theatre with the timeless story of mothers and ...read more


BILL FRISELL “WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR” FEATURING PETRA HADEN, THOMAS MORGAN, & RUDY ROYSTON @ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

January 22, 2019 8:00 pm

With a career that has spanned more than 35 years, guitarist and composer Bill Frisell's diverse catalog has been described as “the best recorded output ...read more 


EVENTS OPENING THIS WEEK

W.C. THORNBUSH AND THE GREAT AMERICAN SHOW - CHRISTMAS EDITION @ Bootleg Theater

December 12, 2018 7:00 pm

Once again, W.C. Thornbush is bringing his musical revue to Bootleg Theater to celebrate the Christmas Canon in the only way this group knows how. With bells ringing, birds singing, and all the cheer ...read more


IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY @ Pasadena Playhouse

December 12, 2018 8:00 pm

The holiday classic we all know and love takes the beloved George Bailey on journey to renew his spirit and restore his faith in mankind on one fateful Christmas Eve. Join George and all ...read more


SPECIAL @ Theatre of Note

December 13, 2018 8:00 pm

Special is the World Premiere comedy that commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the worst variety show in television history with a behind-the-scenes imagined look of how The Star Wars Holiday Special came to be. ...read more


BETTER LEMONS - "MEET THE PUBLICISTS" @ Thymele Arts

December 15, 2018 10:00 am

On Saturday, December 15, from 10 am to 12 noon, Better Lemons and Thymele Arts will be hosting “Meet the Publicists!” which will be featuring several of LA's premier performance art publicists for a ...read more


JULIUS CAESAR IRREVERENT SHAKESPEARE PROJECT @ Hudson Loft

December 15, 2018 7:30 pm

Irreverent Shakespeare Project presents Julius Caesar, directed by Heather Ann Gottlieb, produced by Steven Brandon, Mark Laird, Bradley Gosnell, Rachel Rios and Ari Stidham. An all-female cast of eleven tackles the Bard's political drama, ...read more


MEASURE FOR MEASURE @ New American Theatre

December 15, 2018 8:00 pm

The New American Theatre presents Shakespeare's story of impassable moral dilemmas, religious hypocrisy and he said/she said. ...read more


HERE'S JOHNNY @ Theatre West

December 15, 2018 8:00 pm

Johnny Ferretti in Here's Johnny! A Colorado boy whose first job was as a ranch hand, then became a newspaper reporter... then found himself working as an engineer in California. And then, suddenly, he's ...read more


AS ALWAYS, JIMMY STEWART @ Theatre West

December 16, 2018 2:00 pm

Steve Nevil in As Always, Jimmy Stewart. It's two-thirty in the morning at 911 Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, and Jimmy Stewart can't sleep. Steve Nevil's acclaimed one-person show presents the film legend late ...read more


EVENTS OPENING THIS WEEK

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD @ A Noise Within

October 10, 2018 7:30 pm

Hamlet is turned topsy turvy in this brilliant, Tony Award®-winning comedy that thrusts Shakespeare's two minor characters to the frontlines with no rules except one: they are destined to die. Trapped in a universe ...read more


VILLAINY @ Whitefire Theatre

October 10, 2018 8:00 pm

Just in time for the Halloween season, Villainy, or H.H. Holmes' Own Story arrives at the Whitefire Theatre. It's the incredible true story of H.H. Holmes (1861-1896), America's first serial killer. Born Herman Webster ...read more


WC THORNBUSH & THE GREAT AMERICAN [email protected] Bootleg Theater

October 10, 2018 8:00 pm

W.C. Thornbush and The Great American Show, "The nation's salvation in a single night of entertainment". This comedic musical revue features classic Americana entertainment, peppered with biting humor, irreverent sketch comedy, and heartfelt moments. ...read more


REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL: LOS ANGELES @ various venues

October 11, 2018 6:45 pm

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles October 11-14th, 2018 is a four-day festival which showcases new and classic films, conversations, and artistic programs. ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles 2018 explores, embraces, and celebrates the diversity ...read more


SILENCE! THE MUSICAL @ The Actors Company

October 11, 2018 8:00 pm

SILENCE! THE MUSICAL The Unauthorized Parody of The Silence of the Lambs Music & Lyrics by Jon Kaplan & Al Kaplan, Book by Hunter Bell ​ Adapted from the screenplay “Silence! The Musical” by Jon & Al ...read more


I'M WITH HER – SARA WATKINS, SARAH JAROSZ, AND AOIFE O'[email protected] Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

October 11, 2018 8:00 pm

Comprised of multi-Grammy-Award-winners Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, acoustic folk trio I'm With Her has garnered praise for their exquisite musicianship, family-like chemistry and “sweetly ethereal” indelible harmonies (the New York Times). ...read more


14TH ANNUAL LA FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL @ Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas

October 12, 2018 10:00 am

LA Femme International Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on platforming women filmmakers “by women, for everyone”. Our Festival was created in 2005, when it became apparent that there was a need ...read more


SEñOR PLUMMER'S FINAL FIESTA @ Plummer Park

October 12, 2018 7:30 pm

Award-winning artists' collective Rogue Artists Ensemble takes over West Hollywood's Plummer Park through a commission from The City of West Hollywood's Arts Division for a site-specific immersive theater experience with Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta, ...read more


BABY EYES @ Atwater Village Theatre

October 12, 2018 8:00 pm

A gaggle of male harpies spin a cautionary tale of taboo, lust, and one tragic boy's search for manhood. ...read more


FOOL FOR LOVE BY SAM [email protected] Black Box Studios

October 12, 2018 8:00 pm

The scene is a stark motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert. May, a disheveled young woman, sits dejectedly on a rumpled bed while Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer, crouches in a ...read more


THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK @ LaCanada Pres

October 12, 2018 8:00 pm

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Based upon the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl At LaCanada Presbyterian Church 626 Foothill Blvd, LaCanada Three performances only: October ...read more


POST APOCALYPTIC BUNKER [email protected] Stage 12

October 13, 2018 5:00 pm

Post Apocalyptic Bunker Comedy October 13th – October 28th Saturdays at 5:00pm and Sundays at 5:30pm The creative team behind The Awkward Party (Best Play of 2017, OC Weekly) and Pretendessee Williams we're proud ...read more


THE STUDY @ The Complex

October 13, 2018 8:00 pm

Critics Lemonade: 70%

Winner! Encore Producers Award Hollywood Fringe 2018 Winner! Critics Choice Award Better-Lemons 2018 We're listed as Immersive bu only because there is no “INTERACTIVE” option! THE STUDY takes place during a psychological clinical test of the flight-or-fight ...read more


REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES @ Garry Marsh Theatre

October 13, 2018 8:00 pm

In a tiny, family-run factory, fabric flies and tempers flare when Ana, fresh out of high school, rebels against the status quo with dreams of becoming a writer. But deportation and the pressure to ...read more


"I'M GONNA KILL THE PRESIDENT!" A FEDERAL [email protected] various venues

October 13, 2018 8:00 pm

The award-winning guerrilla-theater comedy “I'm Gonna Kill the President!” A Federal Offense will return to Los Angeles this fall, apropos of absolutely nothing happening in America. Performances take place in secret locations throughout Los ...read more


CAL IN CAMO @ VS. Theatre

October 14, 2018 3:00 pm

West Coast Premiere of "Cal in Camo" Presented by James Roday's Red Dog Squadron and VS. Theatre Company Written by William Francis Hoffman / Directed by Amy K. Harmon Do wounds from the past irrevocably impact our capacity to ...read more


JD SOUTHER @ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

October 14, 2018 7:00 pm

Grammy-nominated writer JD Souther is an architect of the Southern California sound, whose lyrics defined the country rock songs of the '70s and '80s. He has penned countless hits for the Eagles (“Heartache Tonight,” ...read more


POSSESSION: AN AMERICAN SERIAL KILLER @ Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre

October 14, 2018 8:00 pm

It's not about lust, not about violence. This October it's about POSSESSION. Are you ready? Experience the Play... Possession: An American Serial Killer puts you up close to the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. ...read more


CIRQUE MECHANICS: 42FT – A MENAGERIE OF MECHANICAL [email protected] Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

October 16, 2018 7:30 pm

Thrills, laughs and excitement are on full display as Cirque Mechanics' 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels transports audiences back to the timeless thrills of the big top circus ring. Deriving its name ...read more


CHEMO BARBIE – MY LADY BITS JOURNEY THROUGH BREAST CANCER @ Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space

October 16, 2018 8:00 pm

“Uniquely funny” exclaims LA Beat. In 2016, Heather Keller, a healthy young vegan runner, was diagnosed with breast cancer and her life changed forever. This is her heartbreaking, inspiring and ultimately uplifting story. Winner ...read more


THE BINGE FRINGE FESTIVAL OF FREE THEATRE (BFF) @ Santa Monica Playhouse The Main Stage

October 16, 2018 8:00 pm

Welcome to the Binge! Your new BFF! Two weeks of free theatre October 15 to 28, 2018 with encore performances through November 11! Santa Monica Group Theatre presents The BFF aka The BINGE Fringe Festival of Free ...read more