City Garage Theater, an alternative theater ensemble in Santa Monica, won three awards at the 30th Annual LA Weekly Theater Awards March 31st.

The theater companyís founders Charles Duncombe and Frederique Michel also received LA Weeklyís ìQueen of the Angelsî award for their contributions to Los Angeles theater over the last two decades.

Among the City Garage Theater awards was for Best Costume Design, given to Josephine Poinsot for The Bourgeois Gentilhomme. The group also received the award for Best Sound Design, given to Paul Rubenstein for The Mission (Accomplished), and won the Best Mask Design award, given to Duncombe for The Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

Duncombe, the companyís managing director, noted that ìThese wins are a real honor for City Garage. No group sees more theater in L.A. County than the critics from the LA Weekly.

ìWhen they single out a show, it really means something.î

The LA Weekly Theater Awards recognize excellence in Los Angeles theaters having 99 or fewer seats and are the only formal awards given exclusively to the regionís vast array of smaller theaters. More than 200 people attended this yearís awards at the historic El Rey Theater on Miracle Mile in Los Angeles.

City Garage Theater has been nominated for 16 LA Weekly Awards in the last three years, winning in such major categories as Best Ensemble, Best Direction (one-act), and Best Performance (one-act). City Garage consists of about 20 actors, an artistic director, a general manager, and a dramaturg/designer.

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