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Goodspeed Musicals and Long Wharf Theatre were the big winners on Mon., June 27, when the Connecticut Critics Circle distributed its 15th annual awards at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury. Two productions led the pack with three honors apiece: Goodspeed Musicals' staging of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and Yale Repertory Theatre's production of Rolin Jones' play "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow."

Overall, Goodspeed Musicals amassed five awards, including single honors for its revivals of "Where's Charley?" and "Mack & Mabel," while Long Wharf Theatre won four, two apiece for its revivals of "A Moon for the Misbegotten" and "Travesties."

The Circle's Tom Killen Award, which honors an outstanding contribution to Connecticut theatre, went to Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson for his continuing examination of the plays of Tennessee Williams. A special award of recognition was given to Joanne Woodward, the outgoing artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse, for her role in renovating and preserving the historic Connecticut theatre (see related story above).

This year, for the first time, the Circle recognized not only the winner of its debut award but the runners-up as well, and awarded a cash prize to each: Dan McCabe won the award for his performance in TheaterWorks' production of "Kimberly Akimbo," while Meyer DeLeeuw, of Seven Angels' staging of "Anything Goes," and Olivia Oguma, of Long Wharf's production of "BFE," were the runners-up.

A complete list of winners follows:

Play: "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow," Yale Repertory Theatre.

Musical: "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," Goodspeed Musicals.

Actress (Play): Alyssa Bresnahan, "A Moon for the Misbegotten," Long Wharf Theatre.

Actor (Play): Tom Hewitt, "Travesties," Long Wharf Theatre.

Actress (Musical) (tie): Christiane Noll, "Mack & Mabel," Goodspeed Musicals; Jacquelyn Piro, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," Goodspeed Musicals.

Actor (Musical): Noah Racey, "Where's Charley?," Goodspeed Musicals.

Direction (Play): Gregory Boyd, "Travesties," Long Wharf Theatre.

Direction (Musical): Julie Arenal, "Hair," Downtown Cabaret Theatre.

Choreography: Patti Colombo, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," Goodspeed Musicals.

Set Design: Lee Savage, "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow," Yale Repertory Theatre.

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton, "A Moon for the Misbegotten," Long Wharf Theatre.

Costume Design: Linda Fisher, "The School for Husbands," Westport Country Playhouse.

Sound Design: Hillary Charnas, "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow," Yale Repertory Theatre.

Ensemble Performance: The cast of "Hair," Downtown Cabaret Theatre.

Road Show: "My Fair Lady," Hartford Stage.

Debuts: Dan McCabe, "Kimberly Akimbo," TheaterWorks (winner); Meyer DeLeeuw, "Anything Goes," Seven Angels Theatre and Olivia Oguma, "BFE," Long Wharf Theatre (runners-up).

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