Kushner's 'Caroline' snags four kudos

NEW YORK — Here’s one of the more surreal celebrity close encounters of the year: Tony Kushner meeting Elizabeth Berkley.

The “Showgirls” star congratulated the playwright in the lobby of the Minetta Lane Theater, where the Lucille Lortel Awards were given out Monday night.

Berkley, now appearing on Broadway in “Sly Fox,” was on hand to present an award at the Off Broadway honors. Kushner’s “Caroline, or Change” took home four, and he was inducted into the Playwrights’ Sidewalk at the Lucille Lortel Theater. Kushner accepted the honor in a funny speech delivered at breakneck pace.

Also winning laughs was Irish actor Brian F. O’Byrne, who joked that his award for “Frozen” would thrill his family, meaning as it did that he was “really good at being a serial killer and pedophile.”

Also on hand for the ceremony and subsequent party at Eugene were hosts Joanna Gleason and Richard Thomas, Frances McDormand, Molly Ringwald, Lynn Redgrave, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Ben Shenkman, playwright-performer Charles Busch and helmer Joe Mantello.

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