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Connecticut Crix Go for Goodspeed, Hartford

"The Mystery Plays," which ran at Yale Repertory Theatre and will open Second Stage Theatre's New Plays Uptown series on Mon., June 21 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre in New York, has been named outstanding production of a play for the 2003-04 season by the Connecticut Critics Circle. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's drama also earned prizes for lighting design by S. Ryan Schmidt and sound by Keith Townsend Obadike.

Goodspeed Musicals, located in East Haddam, received the most accolades in total: four for its production of the Jerome Kern musical "Very Good Eddie" and one for the Arthur Schwartz-Dorothy Fields tuner "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." Also high on the list is Hartford Stage, with two awards for Mary Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses" and one for its roadshow production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

The annual Tom Killen Memorial Award, bestowed in recognition of outstanding contribution to Connecticut theatre, goes to Bert Bernardi, artistic director of Downtown Cabaret Theatre's Children's Company in Bridgeport. An award for special achievement will be given to New Haven-based playwright Donald Margulies.

Connecticut Critics Circle members represent newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations throughout the state. Now in its 14th year, the circle also holds meetings and open discussions throughout the season.

This year's awards ceremony will be held Mon., June 21 at Yale Repertory Theatre. The co-hosts are James Bundy, the theatre's artistic director, and actress Jayne Atkinson.

A complete list of Connecticut Critics Circle Award winners follows:

Play: "The Mystery Plays," Yale Repertory Theatre.

Musical: "Very Good Eddie," Goodspeed Musicals.

Actress/Play: Jill Clayburgh, "All My Sons," Westport Country Playhouse.

Actor/Play: (tie) Hamish Linklater, "Hamlet," Long Wharf Theatre; Cody Nickell, "Visiting Mr. Green," Stamford Theatre Works.

Actress/Musical: Julia Kiley, "Follies," River Rep at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Actor/Musical: Randy Rogel, "Very Good Eddie," Goodspeed Musicals.

Director/Play: Oskar Eustis, "The Long Christmas Ride Home," Long Wharf Theatre.

Director/Musical: Gary John La Rosa, "La Cage aux Folles," Downtown Cabaret Theatre.

Choreography: Dan Siretta, "Very Good Eddie," Goodspeed Musicals.

Set Design: Adrian W. Jones, "The Dazzle," TheaterWorks.

Costume Design: Suzy Benzinger, "Very Good Eddie," Goodspeed Musicals.

Lighting Design: (tie) T.J. Gerckens, "Metamorphoses," Hartford Stage; S. Ryan Schmidt, "The Mystery Plays," Yale Repertory Theatre.

Sound Design: (tie) Keith Townsend Obadike, "The Mystery Plays," Yale Repertory Theatre; Asa F. Wember, "Route 66," Seven Angels Theatre.

Ensemble: "Metamorphoses," Hartford Stage (Antoinette Broderick, Sun Mee Chomet, Anne Fogarty, Raymond Fox, Kyle Hall, Chris Kipiniak, Erika LaVonn, James McKay, Paul Oakley Stovall, and Gabra Zackman).

Roadshow: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Hartford Stage.

Debut: Zack Griffiths, "The Goat," TheaterWorks; Remy Zaken, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," Goodspeed Musicals.

Tom Killen Memorial Award: Bert Bernardi, artistic director, Downtown Cabaret Theatre's Children's Company.

Special Achievement: Playwright Donald Margulies for his body of work.

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