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Critics Circle Shows Love for Sonoma County Theatre By Harry Duke


Critics Circle Shows Love
for Sonoma County Theatre

By Harry Duke

The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle showed its love for quality theatre by awarding multiple nominations to the productions of four Sonoma County-based theatre groups for its Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards. The Awards will be presented March 9, 2015 at the Circle’s 39th Annual Awards Gala to be held at San Francisco’s historic Victoria Theatre.

Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theatre received 22 nominations recognizing performance and technical achievement in five of its productions. Those productions included Of Mice and Men, The Marriage of Figaro, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Rohnert Park’s Spreckels Theatre Company received 25 nominations spread over seven productions including Scrooge – The Musical, The Book of Matthew (Leibowitz), and Annie, Get Your Gun.

Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse also had seven productions recognized with 18 nominations, including Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Glass Menagerie, and Hamlet’s Orphans.

Sebastopol’s tiny Main Stage West made a big showing with 14 nominations for five productions. T.I.C. (Trenchcoat in Common), Other Desert Cities, and Mother Jones in Heaven were among the MSW productions recognized by the Critics.

Dezi Gallegos will be presented with Annette Lust AwardPetaluma’s Dezi Gallegos will be presented with the Critics Circle’s inaugural Annette Lust Award at the March Gala.  The Award is named for the late Dominican University professor and Critics Circle member who championed new works and emerging artists and is awarded to promising new theatrical talent.  The 18 year old Gallegos wrote and directed the 6th Street Playhouse production of Hamlet’s Orphans and had a two-month run of his one-man show, God Fights the Plague, at The Marsh in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, founded in 1976, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and serving theatres of all types and sizes in the greater region by recognizing excellence and outstanding achievement in the field. The primary purpose of the Circle is to promote the growth and recognition of theatre in the Bay Area and to advance the professionalism of theatre criticism. The Circle rewards excellence in all phases of theatrical production through the Circle's annual awards.  More information about the Circle and the upcoming Awards ceremony can be found on the official Critics Circle