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2 items from 2010

Boston Critics Announce Norton Award Nominations

16 April 2010 8:04 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Recognizing excellence in Greater Boston theater, The Boston Theater Critics' Association today announced the nominees for the 2010 Elliot Norton Awards. Elevator Repair Service received five nominations for its visiting production of "Gatz" at American Repertory Theater, including Outstanding Director (John Collins,) Design, and Ensemble. Huntington Theatre Company and SpeakEasy Stage Company received 11 and 8 nominations, respectively. As previously announced, actor Karen MacDonald, a founding member of the American Repertory Theatre, is this year's recipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. Michael Maso will also be presented with the Theatre Hero Award for his role as longtime managing director of Huntington Theatre Company and champion of Boston-area theaterThe 28th annual Norton Awards Ceremony will be 7 p.m., Monday, May 17, at the newly renovated Paramount Theatre, in Boston's Theater District. »

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Five Days and Why Did You Kill My Dad? | TV Review

2 March 2010 1:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The cast is strong, the plot knotty. Watching Five Days I feel in very competent hands

A body flies through the air and splatters across the windshield of a northern commuter train. An Asian passenger with a nervous air and a rucksack takes off before the transport police arrive. Everyone else becomes variously claustrophobic, nauseous and querulous at the unexplained delay. Eventually, the guard comes into the carriage, needing help for his shocked driver. "Is there a Competent Person on the train?" he asks.

Indeed there is. Detective Constable Laurie Franklin (played by Suranne Jones, formerly known as the Mighty Karen MacDonald, wife of Steve and all-round cobble-rattler in Coronation Street) is taking her mother (Anne Reid, formerly and forever known to the generation above mine as Ken Barlow's First Wife, which should give Jones some idea of the length of the half-life that clings to such a role) to an Alzheimer's clinic, »

- Lucy Mangan

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