THE FLICK

2017 Theatre Awards

When year-end awards came out at the end of 2017, Dobama Theatre was the most recognized theatre in the region. Northeast Ohio's professional Off-Broadway Theatre continues to produce top-quality productions of important new plays. See below to read more.

 

CLEVELAND CRITICS CIRCLE
2017 Theatre Awards

Best Non-Musical Production:

Winner! – The Flick
Superior Achievement – Hand to God
Superior Achievement – How To Be A Respectable Junkie
Superior Achievement – brownsville song (b-side for tray)
       *4 of 6 shows recognized were Dobama Theatre productions

 

Best Actor – Non-Musical:

Winner! – Christopher M. Bohan, The Flick

Superior Achievement – David Peacock, The Night Alive

Superior Achievement – Luke Wehner, Hand to God

                  *3 of 5 people recognized from Dobama Theatre productions

 

Best Actress – Non Musical:

Superior Achievement - Lisa Louise Langford, brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Superior Achievement – Dorothy Silver, Marjorie Prime

 

Best Director – Non-Musical:

Winner! – Nathan Motta, The Flick

Superior Achievement – Matthew Wright, Hand To God

 

Rising Star Award - Male:

Winner! - Jabri Little, brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Superior Achievement – Colin Frothingham, Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars

*2 of 4 people recognized from Dobama Theatre productions

 

Rising Star Award – Female:

Winner! – Logan Dior Willams, brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Superior Achievement – Elise Pakiela, Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars

*2 of 3 people recognized from Dobama Theatre productions

 

Best Scenic Design:

Superior Achievement – Jill Davis, Marjorie Prime

 

Best Projection Design:

Superior Achievement – T. Paul Lowry, brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Superior Achievement – T. Paul Lowry, Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars

*2 of 3 shows recognized were Dobama Theatre productions

 

Best Sound Design:

Winner! – Cyrus O. Taylor, brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Superior Achievement – Erik T. Lawson, Marjorie Prime

*2 of 5 people recognized from Dobama Theatre productions

 

Best Full Production Premiere of a Script by a Local Writer:

Winner! - How To Be A Respectable Junkie by Greg Vovos


Christopher Bohan, a regular on the Dobama Theatre stage, always turns in fine-tuned performances. But in 2017, under the direction Dobama’s Nathan Motta, he transformed himself into a lovesick movie house employee in Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “The Flick” and became a desperate heroin addict in the world-premiere one-man play, “How to Be a Respectable Junkie.” Bohan mined the humanity of two unremarkable men - Sam, a janitor cleaning up after slovenly patrons, and Brian, shooting up in his mom’s basement - to deliver searing, empathetic portraits of loneliness and addiction.
— Andrea Simakis, THE PLAIN DEALER (Year in Review)

"In September, Lisa Langford was Lena, the grieving grandmother of a black teen killed by gunfire in Dobama Theatre's 'brownsville Song (b-side for tray)'....She confronted... prejudices in "Brownsville Song," insisting Tray's death wasn't "the Same Old Story" - her grandson wasn't another thug gunned down in a gang war but a good kid in the wrong place at the wrong time. In Langford's mouth, Lena's words detonated with the force of small bombs."

"In Dobama's "Hand to God," Luke Wehner was Jason, a depressed, repressed teen, and his Satanic sock puppet Tyrone. We knew Wehner was voicing and manipulating the potty-mouthed Muppet, but he did it with such skill, it was easy to forget the two were one."

"Best new play by a local playwright: "How to Be a Respectable Junkie" - Greg Vovos set out to write a realistic play that captured the human catastrophe of the opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio and found his truth in Craig, an ex-junkie he met at a town hall at Perry High School. Vovos incorporated the man's true-life story into a compelling piece of activist drama that debuted at Dobama in June, demanding that we look past the numbing statistics at the people who'd do anything to kick - the first step in putting an end to the deadly epidemic."

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Year in Review 2017: From 'Junkie' to 'Lizzie,' standouts on Northeast Ohio stages


What the hell got into the water at Dobama?
Whatever the cause, these performances by assorted males of the species were terrific.
— Christine Howey, CLEVELAND SCENE

David Peacock, The Night Alive

Christopher M. Bohan, The Flick and How to Be a Respectable Junkie

Luke Wehner, Hand to God

Jabri Little, brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Ray Caspio, Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars


BroadwayWorld-Cleveland Professional Theater Tributes -2017

OUTSTANDING NON-MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS

HAND TO GOD, Dobama Theatre

HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE, Dobama Theatre

MARJORIE PRIME, Dobama Theatre

THE FLICK, Dobama Theatre