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Boston critics present Nortons.

BOSTON Playwright Paula Vogel and director Andrei Serban were among the honorees at the 17th annual Elliot Norton Awards ceremony June 14 in Boston.

Vogel received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting. Serban received the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.

Local critics make up the Elliot Norton Awards Committee. Other awardees were:

Outstanding production by a visiting company: "Ragtime," the Colonial Theater

Musical revival: North Shore Music Theater's "Hair"

Production by a large resident company: Huntington Theater Co.'s "Jitney"

Production by a small resident company: Gloucester Stage Co.'s "Dealer's Choice"

Production by a local fringe group: Coyote Theater's "Sing Me to Sleep"

Solo performance: Melinda Lopez for her "God Smells Like a Roast Pig" at the Women on Top Theater Festival

Director, large company: Michael Bloom for "Gross Indecency" at the Huntington

Director, small company:. Spiro Veloudos for "Lost in Yonkers," "Assassins" and "Never the Sinner" at the Lyric Stage Co. of Boston

Actress, large company: Ellen McLaughlin in Trinity Repertory Co.'s "The Threepenny Opera"

Actress, small company: Sheila Ferrini in "Lost in Yonkers" (Lyric Stage)

Actor, large company. Jonathan Epstein in "Phaedra" and "The Merchant of Venice," both at the A.R.T.

Actor, small company: Ronald Hunterin "Dealer's Choice" (Gloucester Stage)

Outstanding new script: Don De Lillo's "Valparaiso" at the American Repertory Theater

Designer, large company: Catherine Zuber for the costumes for American Repertory Theater's "The Imaginary Invalid," "Phaedra" and "The Merchant of Venice"

Designer, small company: J. Hagenbuckle for sound design for "Marisol" and "Sing Me to Sleep" (Coyote Theater), "The SantaLand Diaries" (SpeakEasy Stage Co.), and "The Swan" (Nora Theater Co.)

Special citation: Theater Offensive, "a venue for gay and lesbian theater featuring challenging homegrown productions and cutting-edge imports."

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