‘Nocturne’ shines at Norton Awards

'Death of a Salesman' wins visiting prod'n prize

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — The Adam Rapp play “Nocturne,” which opens Wednesday at New York Theater Workshop, was among the top winners at Boston’s annual Elliot Norton Awards, presented Monday.

The play, which was produced by American Repertory Theater, was deemed outstanding new script, and star Dallas Roberts was named outstanding actor, large company.

The Broadway production of “Death of a Salesman” won for visiting production, with Elizabeth Franz taking the prize for actress, large company.

The Norton Prize for sustained excellence went to Tina Packer, the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, Mass., “for establishing a distinctive American Shakespeare company.” A special citation was issued to honor the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater “for establishing a beachhead for serious theater on Cape Cod.”

The Huntington Theater Co.’s “Hedda Gabler” was named best production at a large resident company while New Repertory Theater’s “Stonewall Jackson’s House” took the nod for small company.

Boston Theater Works won the fringe production award for “Not About Nightingales.” Solo perf nod went to Eve Ensler for “The Vagina Monologues.” Musical production trophy was won by North Shore Music Theater’s “Honk!,” directed by Julia McKenzie.

Amanda Dehnert was named best director at a large company for ”My Fair Lady” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at Trinity Rep, and Carmel O’Reilly was honored with the small company award for “This Lime Tree Bower” at Sugan Theater Co.

Actress award for a small company went to Bobbie Steinbach in productions at the New Repertory Theater and the Lyric Stage Co. of Boston; Phillip Patrone in two Lyric Stage Co. of Boston productions won the male nod.

Awards are named after theater critic emeritus Norton, who attended the awards ceremony and will be 98 on Thursday.

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