Betrayed, Adding Machine and Dai were winners for Outstanding Play, Musical and Solo show at the 23rd annual Lucille Lortel Awards, held last night at off-Broadway's Union Square Theater. Hosted by The Little Dog Laughed's Julie White, and produced by the League of Off-Broadway Theaters and Producers by arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation, the Lortels honor excellence in off-Broadway theater.
Adding Machine, a musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's influential dark satire of modern life, proved the biggest winner this season, taking four Lortels for Musical, Director (David Cromer), lead actor (Joel Hatch) and lighting (Keith Parham). (Last year's big winner, Stuff Happens, also won four, including Best Play.)
Other notable victors included Theater for a New Audience, which won Outstanding Revival for Ohio State Murders Circle in the Square maven Theodore Mann, who earned the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence, and Primary Stages, which garnered a trophy for Oustanding Body of Work.
The Lortel Awards are named after Lucille Wadler, an actress whose marriage to a wealthy industrialist pushed her off the stage but allowed her to become a behind-the-scenes impresario, first building Westport, CT's White Barn Theater and then the Theater de Lys (renamed the Lortel in 1981) in Greenwich Village. Dubbed The Queen of off-Broadway," Lortel died in 1998 at the age of 98.
The annual nominees' cocktail party took place April 21 in the Penthouse of Broadway's American Airlines Theater.
Winners of the 2008 Lucille Lortel Awards are below:
by George Packer
Produced by The Culture Project
Original Music by Joshua Schmidt, Libretto by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt
Produced by Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter, and Margaret Cotter
Outstanding Solo Show
Written and Performed by Iris Bahr
Produced by Bernie Kukoff, Jonathan Pollard, Jon Cutler in association with Highbrow Entertainment
Ohio State Murders
Written by Adrienne Kennedy
Produced by Theatre for a New Audience
David Cromer, Adding Machine
Peter Pucci, Queens Boulevard (the musical)