Not that Zoe Caldwell and Christopher Plummer haven't gotten recognition in their field -- in fact, they're both recent Tony winners -- but the performers added to their laurels by earning career honors from the 15th annual Elliot Norton Awards, held June 9 at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Sponsored by the Boston Theatre Critics Association, the Norton Awards honor excellence in Boston, MA theatre.
Caldwell, "whose artistry on the world's stages, in works old and new, serious and comic, proclaims her `a lass unparallel'd'," received a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Plummer, "for a career of astonishing richness and bracing variety," took the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. Caldwell won the Tony for Master Class; Plummer for this season's Barrymore.
Other Norton winners are:
Outstanding Production by a Visiting Company: Royal National Theatre's Carousel (at the Shubert).
Outstanding Production by a Large Resident Company: Six Characters In Search Of An Author at American Repertory Theatre.
Outstanding Production by a Small Resident Company: David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow at Lyric Stage. Outstanding Production by a Local Fringe Company: Eric Bogosian's subUrbia at SpeakEasy Stage Company.
Outstanding Solo Performance:
Outstanding Director - Large Resident Company: Oskar Eustis, Angels In America - I & II at Trinity Repertory.
Outstanding Director - Small Resident Company: Steve Maler, A Midsummer Night's Dream at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company & subUrbia at SpeakEasy Stage.
Outstanding Designer - Large Company: Laurie Olinder & Fred Tietz, designers for Alice In Bed and The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, both at American Repertory Theatre.
Outstanding Actress - Large Resident Company: Gretchen Cleevely (as Thomasina in Arcadia at Huntington Theatre).
Outstanding Actor - Large Resident Company:
Outstanding Actress - Small Resident Company: Dee Nelson as Hester in The Scarlet Letter at New Rep & as Elvira in Blithe Spirit at Lyric Stage.
Outstanding Actor - Small Resident Company: Stephen Largay as Alan Strang in Equus at Nora Theatre Company.
Special Citation: Sugan Theatre Company "for enriching Boston during the past five years with provocative productions of contemporary Irish and Celtic works."
Selecting the Norton Awards winners this year were critics Skip Ascheim, Terry Byrne, Carolyn Clay, Iris Fanger, Arthur Friedman, Joyce Kulhawik, Jon Lehman, Bill Marx, Ed Siegel and Caldwell Titcomb.
The Norton Awards were founded in honor of critic Elliot Norton at his retirement in 1982. According to voter Caldwell Titcomb, who serves as Boston critic for This Month ON STAGE magazine, the 94-year-old Norton spoke at the June 9 ceremony.
--By David Lefkowitz