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Crix Circle Honors Off-B'way

Hare who previously won the Best Foreign Play citation for "Plenty" in 1983.

Both the awards for Best Play and Best Musical were decided by second, weighted ballots since a clear majority was not arrived at in the first for either category. Also-rans for Best Play included "Skylight," "This Is Our Youth," "Stonewall Jackson's House," "An American Daughter," and "The Last Night of Ballyhoo." Runners-up for Best Musical were "Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly," "The Life," "Steel Pier," and "Titanic."

The Foreign Play award was decided in the first ballot with "Skylight" emerging as the overwhelming favorite over its nearest competitors, "The Skriker" and "Stanley."

A special award was voted to the cast and creative team of the revival of "Chicago" for distinguished contribution to the Broadway season.

Twenty-one of the Circle's 26 members were present at the voting which took place on Tues., May 6, at the Gannett Newspaper offices in Manhattan. Four scribes voted by proxy and one was absent.

Both critics from The New York Times, Ben Brantley and Peter Marks, participated in the voting, Brantley by absentee ballot and Marks in person. In previous seasons, Times writers were not involved in the Circle awards since the paper's policy forbade involvement of its critics in prizes presented by groups of reviewers. Marks stated the Times Cultural Editor John Darden has rescinded the rule.

The awards will be handed out at a cocktail reception Mon., May 12 at Sardi's restaurant. The award for Best Play is accompanied by a check for $1,000 presented by producer Lucille

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