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Critics' Circle names 'Matilda' top musical

By By MARK KENNEDY

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Drama Critics' Circle has voted "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" as best play and "Matilda" as best musical.

The circle on Friday also handed out special citations to the New York City Center's "Encore!" concert series, to the Soho Rep for a stellar season and to John Lee Beatty for career excellence in scenic design.

Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia" beat out "The Assembled Parties" for best play honor on the fourth ballot. The group chose not to pick a best foreign play recipient.

The Circle is composed of drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. The Associated Press is a member.

The awards will be presented at a private ceremony on May 13.

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