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As darkness falls, KJ dances a Pan’s ballet with the sizzling stick, sparks flying, leaving tracers in the air. The big man is awkward and yet light on his feet, and it’s a mesmerizing and beautiful passage, cut short when the sparkler begins to sputter and then go out. That dying of the light presages a calamity when this trio of misfits is rocked by unexpected tragedy, the suddenness of the event like a sharp intake of breath. With it, everything changes, and the playwright leaves Beckett behind to create a moving, meaningful work all her own.”
-Andrea Simakis, THE PLAIN DEALER
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“The Aliens, a play by OBIE-Award winning playwright Annie Baker, and Dobama’s latest offering of contemporary fare, dignifies these discussions by giving them to these lonely explorers of the universe. There are no Carl Sagans in this group; rather, there are three gritty pathfinders searching for meaning in the universe. What emerges is an intelligent and tender production.”
- Tom Fulton, CLEVELAND SCENE
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“The take-away from this tender character study, besides the master class in naturalistic performance and design, is a greater compassion for the aliens among us and a newfound ability to see those we easily dismiss as invisible.”
-Bob Abelman, CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS

“THE ALIENS is a play that you watch for what it does not have.  There is scant action, long periods of seemingly inactivity and a thin thread of plot.  It is only through careful observation that you discover the genius of this minimalist work.  It is a play that you must work at to understand, but your efforts will be generously rewarded.  See this one.
-Mark Horning, THE EXAMINER

“In spite of the quality of writing and superb production, THE ALIENS is not a play for everyone.  As the play’s director Nathan Motta said in his pre-curtain talk, “experiencing this play takes work.”  …let the play simmer in your head and see what emerges.  It’s worth the effort.”
-Roy Berko, NEWS HERALD, coolcleveland.com, Broadway World Cleveland
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2013 Year End Awards for Dobama Theatre

TIME STANDS STILL, Top Ten Productions of 2013
- Andrea Simakis, THE PLAIN DEALER

THE LYONS, Best Comedy of 2013
- Bob Abelman, News-Herald

Heather Anderson Boll (TIME STANDS STILL), Best Actress in a non-musical Superior Achievment
- The Cleveland Critics Circle Awards 2013

Chris Richards (SONS OF THE PROPHET), Best Actor in a non-musical Superior Achievement
- The Cleveland Critics Circle Awards 2013

Marcus Dana (COCK), Best Lighting Design Superior Achievement
- The Cleveland Critics Circle Awards 2013

COCK, Best Non-Musical Productions of 2013
-Times Theatre Tributes 2013, Roy Berko

TIME STANDS STILL, 2013 Best Non-Musical Productions
-Times Theatre Tributes 2013, Roy Berko

Corey Atkins (COCK) 2013 Best Directors of a Non-Musical
-Times Theatre Tributes 2013, Roy Berko

Joel Hammer (THE BIG MEAL) 2013 Best Directors of a Non-Musical
-Times Theatre Tributes 2013, Roy Berko

Nathan Motta (TIME STANDS STILL) 2013 Best Directors of a Non-Musical
-Times Theatre Tributes 2013, Roy Berko

Andrew Gombas, COCK, Dobama 2013 Best Performances by a Male in a non-musical
-Times Theatre Tributes 2013, Roy Berko

Chris Richards (SONS OF THE PROPHET) 2013 Best Performances by a Male in a non-musical
-Times Theatre Tributes 2013, Roy Berko

Heather Anderson Boll (TIME STANDS STILL), 2013 Best Performances by a Female in a non-musical
-Times Theatre Tributes 2013, Roy Berko

Marcus Dana (COCK), 2013 Best Lighting Designs in a non-musical
-Times Theatre Tributes 2013, Roy Berko

Reviews for THE BIG MEAL

“THE BIG MEAL is one of those special theatrical events when the script, the directorial concept, and the acting effectiveness all blend together to make for a “must see” theatrical experience.  BRAVO!”- Roy Berko; coolcleveland.com, broadwayworld.com/cleveland

“[Director Joel] Hammer has assembled a tight, talented ensemble, able to wring some truly tragicomic moments from the clever script.”- Andrea Simakis, THE PLAIN DEALER

“The takeaway from seeing this production, then, is to witness the wonderful artistry with which it is presented. This production boasts a uniformly stellar ensemble…  Their intricate and intriguing portraits take all that is appalling and make it compelling.”
- Bob Abelman, NEWS-HERALD

“…a theatrical feast that can be very satisfying.”
- Christine Howey, Cleveland Scene

Reviews for COCK img_2875

“COCK, Mike Bartlett’s compelling script, under the meticulous and creative direction of Corey Atkins, and some of the very best acting seen on a local stage, is an absolutely must see production. It’s an A+ experience.”
- Roy Berko, coolcleveland.com
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“The actors, director, and designers are brilliant in this production. Each performer slips seamlessly into a British accent, a clearly defined and intriguing character, and the playwright’s passive-aggressive wordplay. They give as well as they take, listening as intensely and as earnestly as they speak.”
-Bob Abelman, NEWS-HERALD
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“Dobama Theatre’s production of “Cock” is top notch. It is the pure science of acting distilled down to its essence. This is the play that you wait to appear during the season. It is here. Go see it.”
- Mark Horning, EXAMINER
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Reviews for TIME STANDS STILL

“With his excellent, four-person cast, director Nathan Motta has assembled a sturdy foundation upon which to balance this smart, demanding drama. His actors constantly explore the complex layers of their characters… It’s a first rate production… that’s nearly perfect.”
-Andrea Simakis, The Plain Dealer  
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“In this exquisitely rendered production… we see what drives these adrenaline-junkie shutterbugs, how their job ignites moral quandaries, and the toll their passion can take on personal lives.”
- Christine Howey, Cleveland Scene
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“TIME STANDS STILL addresses the inhumanity and atrocities of war, but it never becomes the kind of play that preaches its politics. Instead, it serves to reveal what 1980s songstress Pat Benatar told us long ago: that love is a battlefield. Wonderful acting merges with always interesting writing and flawless direction.”
- Bob Abelman, News Herald
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“Dobama launches its season triumphantly with this important, deeply moving play, which resonates long after it ends.”
-Fran Heller, Cleveland Jewish News
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“TIME STANDS STILL will play on every human emotion you possess, and maybe show you a different side of the turmoil that haunts our world. This show is a MUST-SEE!”
- Kory, New 102FM Cleveland
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Reviews for THE LYONS

“…“The Lyons” is hilarious… Think “Seinfeld” with everyone a Costanza… Director Nathan Motta’s genius is most evident in his casting choices (and in the lively pace of this production), for he has found performers capable of delivering all this dark, corrosive comedy without flinching at the toxic fumes. As Ben, Dudley Swetland’s veteran physicality and comic timing are put to grand use… Jeanne Task is wonderful as Rita… Anjanette Hall is a pleasure to watch all the time, but particularly when Lisa’s façade fades under attack and she regresses to the vulnerable little girl her parents and brother still see her as being… Christopher M. Bohan’s Curtis is so thoroughly uncomfortable in his own skin that he seems to be channeling the young George McFly from the film “Back to the Future” all flailing limbs, awkward imbalance, and stammering speech when on the defensive… It works beautifully. …disappointing is the fact that “The Lyons” ends at all.”

-Bob Abelman, NEWS-HERALD, CHAGRIN VALLEY TIMES,
SOLON TIMES, GEAUGA TIMES COURIER

“The first act smashes all four of these flawed, neurotic people together into a small hospital room and the comedy sparks fly in all directions. …if you like to wallow in another family’s comical turmoil, and who doesn’t, The Lyons is your hilarious cup of acidic tea.”
-Christine Howey, CLEVELAND SCENE, RAVE & PAN.

“Under the direction of Dobama Theatre’s new artistic director, Nathan Motta, the production lives up to the pitiless comedy of the script. It has to move fast for the brutal humor to work — no time for hugging, learning or wallowing — and for the most part, it does. The cast… meshes well, with a few standouts… Imagine Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer trapped in a tiny hospital room, and you get the picture… Ever the matchmaker, Rita encourages her daughter to flirt with a terminal case down the hall, a suggestion that horrifies her son. “He’s dying!” Curtis yelps. “Nobody’s perfect, Curtis,” Rita says. And we can thank the gods of black comedy that the Lyons aren’t even close.”
-Andrea Simakis, PLAIN DEALER

“If you are a fan of dark comedy, then this is the play you have been waiting for all season. The dialog is exceptionally well written. It is sharp, fresh and right on the mark. The actors are perfectly suited and comfortable in their parts and the comedic timing is perfect. The only negative I could find in the entire evening was that at times the laughter was so loud and long that the next few words of their lines were lost in the noise… The premiere was sold out and I expect that by word of mouth, the rest of the run will be also. I would suggest getting your tickets early to avoid missing out… Well worth the price of the ticket. I suggest that everyone should get a chance to hear “The Lyons” roar!”
-Mark Horning, EXAMINER.COM

Reviews for
SONS OF THE PROPHET

http://raveandpan.blogspot.com/2013/02/sons-of-prophet-dobama-theatre.html

http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/features/leisure/entertainment/article_bc46f128-8119-11e2-8baf-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2013/02/27/life/doc512bbcdaf1395974717568.txt

http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog/2013/02/review-sons-of-the-prophet-thought-provoking-funny-but-flawed-dobama/

Reviews for
A BRIGHT NEW BOISE 

“When the dust clears, one thing is very apparent: the superb acting and spot-on direction carries this thought-provoking play and makes everything about it engrossing.” Bob Abelman, News-Herald.
http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2012/10/30/life/doc508ee22243afa725890140.txt

“Dobama’s production, under the focused direction of Nathan Motta, is compelling. The cast is universally strong, the show well paced, and holds the audience’s attention. Dobama’s A BRIGHT NEW BOISE, featuring superb acting and focused directing, is a production well worth seeing!” – Roy Berko
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“The cast of “A Bright New Boise” rises to the occasion and delivers a thoroughly engrossing, thought-provoking and funny evening of theater.”- Marjorie Preston
http://www.marjoriepreston.com/

“Samuel D. Hunter’s 2011 Obie-winning play resonates now more than ever, and the Dobama Theatre production wrings both tragedy and comedy from the quiet desperation of clock punchers. It’s well worth seeing.” – Andrea Simakis, Plan Dealer
http://www.cleveland.com/onstage/index.ssf/2012/10/dobama_theatres_a_bright_new_b.html

Reviews for
THE MOTHERF**KER

WITH THE HAT

Dobama’s “The Motherf- – - – - With the Hat”: Cast makes characters their own as edgy work gains momentum
by Andrea Simakis for The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/onstage/index.ssf/2012/09/dobamas_the_motherf-_-_-_-_-_w.html

Poetically profane Dobama drama speaks volumes
by Bob Abelman for The News-Herald

http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2012/09/17/life/doc505782e05afae659638703.txt

Foul language doesn’t foul Dobama show
by Fran Heller
http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/features/leisure/arts/article_beb73b02-0293-11e2-b3ae-001a4bcf887a.html

“THE MOTHERFUCKER WITH THE HAT” at Dobama
a Grippingly Realistic Drama With Humor

By Marjorie Preston for Brava!

http://www.marjoriepreston.com/brava/

Listen to Director Dianne Boduszek’s interview on WCLV! WCLV Interview – Director Dianne Boduszek speaks about MFWTH

MOTHERFUCKER or is it MOTHERF**KER, captivates at Dobama
by Roy Berko

http://royberko.info/

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