Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Local Critics Organization Will Present a Theater Award, the Louie; ON THEATER

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Local Critics Organization Will Present a Theater Award, the Louie; ON THEATER

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A new organization of critics, the St. Louis Theater Circle, will present awards next year for shows that are produced in 2012 in St. Louis.

The group, which held its first full meeting on Tuesday at the University City Library, will call its award the Louie.

Ladue News critic Mark Bretz first proposed a St. Louis critics' organization several years ago. The idea gained fresh impetus in June when the Kevin Kline Awards' parent organization, the Professional Theatre Council of St. Louis, announced that it was suspending its activities, including judging, to re-evalute its future in light of ongoing financial problems. Whether or not the council reorganizes, it will present no awards for 2012.

When I talked to Bretz about that a few weeks ago, we agreed this was a good time to reconsider his idea. It seemed feasible because there are similar organizations in other cities and because a similar St. Louis organization already exists for movie critics. Harry Hamm of KMOX Radio pointed out that the Circle, entirely separate from the Klines, will be valuable whether it reorganizes or not. …

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