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June 10, 2003

Boston's Norton Awards Honor Actors, Critic

The 21st annual Elliot Norton Awards, Boston's version of the Tonys, were presented on May 19, 2003. Named for Elliot Norton, a highly revered Boston theatre critic from 1934 to 1982, this year's event was also a celebration of Mr. Norton's 100th birthday, prompting guest of honor Brian Dennehy to quip, "a 100-year-old critic--talk about an actor's nightmare!"

Acting awards included: Billy Meleady, Outstanding Actor, Small Company for his performance in The Blowin' of Baile Gall, produced by the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, as well as in two productions by the Sugan Theatre Company: Howie the Rookie and The Lepers of Baile Baiste. Outstanding Actress, Small Company was Laura Latreille for her performance in SpeakEasy's production of The Shape of Things.

Fiona Shaw in the Abbey Theatre's visiting production of MEDEA at the Wilbur Theatre, sponsored by Broadway in Boston, was the Outstanding Actress, Large Company; Arliss Howard, Uncle Vanya at the American Repertory Theatre was Outstanding Actor, Large Company.

Awards also went to Annette Miller (Outstanding Solo Performance) for Golda's Balcony, produced by Shakespeare & Company and to Naeemah A. White-Peppers (Outstanding Actress, Fringe Company) for the Zeitgeist Stage Company's Chain and Bee-Luther-Hatchee.

Jeremiah Kissel received the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence for being "an actor of phenomenal versatility, who for more than two decades has enriched our stages with unforgettable characterizations."

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