Helmer honored for excellence in theater
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Oskar Eustis, former artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company of Providence, R.I., received the 23rd annual Elliot Norton Award for sustained excellence in theater Monday night in Boston.Eustis left the Rhode Island theater this year to head New York’s Public Theater. The Norton awards are presented by the Boston Theater Critics Assn., honoring the best of the region’s theater. Elaine Stritch received a lifetime achievement award, which she accepted via videotape. The American Repertory Theater of Cambridge, Mass., and Boston’s Huntington Theater Company led in the awards tally. ART won for production by a large resident company for “The Miser.” Pamela Gien drew solo perf honors for “The Syringa Tree” at ART. Performance artist John Kelly received the nod for actor in a large company in ART’s “Dido, Queen of Carthage.” The Quebec company Ex Machina drew kudos for production by a visiting company for “The Far Side of the Moon,” presented at ART. At the Huntington, Phylicia Rashad took actress in a large company kudos for August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean.” New script nod went to Huntington’s “Sonia Flew,” by Melinda Lopez. Adam Stockhausen won for set design, large company, for “Sonia Flew” and “38 Views. Kent Gash drew the nod for director of a large company for “Topdog/Underdog,” a co-production with Trinity and New Repertory Theater. Prize for production by a small resident company went to “The Sanctuary Lamp,” by the Sugan Theater Company, with Zeitgeist Stage Company’s “Blue/Orange” winning for local fringe company production. Special citations went to “Shear Madness,” now in its 25th year, and City Stage Company.