Theresa Rebeck’s B’way-bound “Mauritius” won top honors at the 25th Elliot Norton Awards presented by the Boston Theater Critics Assn.
The play had its world preem at Boston’s Huntington Theater Company. SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “Caroline, or Change” got the nod for musical production and the national tour of “Doubt” got a top prize for visiting show.
Huntington’s outgoing (in 2008) a.d. Nicholas Martin was picked as the helmer prize for a large company for “Love’s Labours Lost.” Robert Woodruff, who got the heave-ho at Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater this season, received a special award for challenging auds “with a daring, global menu of theatrical fare.”
Other special awards went to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, producer Jon B. Platt and outgoing exec Jon Kimball at Beverly, Mass.’ North Shore Music Theater. Designer Eugene Lee, regular at Providence’s Trinity Rep at the Rialto, got the Norton Prize for sustained excellence.
“Mauritius'” Michael Aronov and “Britanicus'” Joan MacIntosh (at A.R.T.) received top thesp in large company nods. Stan Strickland won solo perf honors for “Coming Up for Air: An AutoJAZZography” at Alliger Arts. Top musical thesp award went to Leigh Barrett for two perfs: New Repertory Theatre’s “Ragtime” and Lyric Stage Company’s “Souvenir.”
Christine Hones’ set and Justin Townsend’s lighting for A.R.T.’s “The Onion Cellar;” won kudos for large company productions.