TIMES THEATRE TRIBUTES 2013

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)

Greater Cleveland is blessed with a vital theatre scene. It is the purpose of the TIMES THEATRE TRIBUTES to recognize theatrical experiences that, in the view of this reviewer, were excellent and deserve recognition.

Only shows performed in 2013 which I reviewed were considered. With the exception of Best National Touring Production, selections were limited to locally produced stagings though actors, directors and technicians who were imported by local theatres for their productions were considered. No community or educational theatre recognitions are included. Actors are separated by gender, but not equity or lack of union affiliation, or leading or supporting roles. Names are listed in alphabetical order, not in rank order.

2013 BEST NON-MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS

COCK, Dobama

FREUD'S LAST SESSION, Actors' Summit

GOOD PEOPLE, CPH

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, GLT

ON THE LINE, none too fragile

RICHARD III, GLT

THE ICEMAN COMETH, Ensemble Theatre

THERE IS HAPINESS THAT MORNING IS, CPT

TIME STANDS STILL, Dobama

TWELVE ANGRY MEN, Blank Canvas

VENUS IN FUR, CPH

WHITE PEOPLE, none too fragile

2013 BEST MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Porthouse

NEXT TO NORMAL, Lakeland Civic Theatre

SPAMALOT, Beck Center

SWEENEY TODD, Great Lakes Theatre

2013 BEST DIRECTOR OF A NON-MUSICAL

Beth Wood, THERE IS HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS, CPT

Corey Atkins, COCK, Dobama

Joel Hammer, THE BIG MEAL, Dobama

Laura Keply. GOOD PEOPLE, CPH

Laura Keply, VENUS IN FUR

Nathan Motta, TIME STANDS STILL, Dobama

Patrick Ciamacco, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, Blank Canvas

Sean Derry, ON THE LINE, none too fragile

Sean Derry, WHITE PEOPLE, none too fragile

Sharon Ott, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, GLT

2013 BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Eric van Baars, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Porthouse

Martin Friedman, NEXT TO NORMAL, Lakeland Civic Theatre

Scott Spence, SPAMALOT, Beck Center

Victoria Bussert, SWEENEY TODD, GLT

2013 BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A THEATRE PRODUCTION

John Crawford, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Porthouse

MaryAnn Black, SOUTH PACIFIC, Porthouse

Martin Céspedes, ANNIE, Beck Center

Martin Céspedes, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, GLT

Martin Céspedes, SPAMALOT, Beck Center

2013 BEST PERFORMANCES BY A MALE IN A NON-MUSICAL

Andrew Gombas, COCK, Dobama

Brian Zoldessy, FREUD'S LAST SESSION, Actors' Summit

Chris Richards, SONS OF THE PROPHET, Dobama

Jonathan Wilhelm, SORDID LIVES, convergence continuum

Lynn Robert Berg, RICHARD III, GLT

Matthew Wright, THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS, CPT

Robert, Branch, ON THE LINE, none too fragile

2013 BEST PERFORMANCES BY A FEMALE IN A NON-MUSICAL

Christine Howey, LIKE A DOBERMAN ON A QUARTER POUNDER, CPT

Derdriu Ring, THERE IS HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS, CPT

Dee Hoyt, RICH GIRL, CPH

Heather Anderson Boll, TIME STANDS STILL, Dobama

Kate Hodge, GOOD PEOPLE, CPH

Liz Conway, SORDID LIVES, convergence continuum

Tracee Patterson, MEDEA, Mamaí

Vanessa Wasche, VENUS IN FUR, CPH

2013 BEST PERFORMANCES BY A MALE IN A MUSICAL

Chris Cowan, SWEENEY TODD, Great Lakes

Chris McCarrell, NEXT TO NORMAL, Beck Center/BW

DougFred Miller, SPAMALOT, Beck Center




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Roy Berko Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor for many years, appearing in more than 16 plays, 8 TV commercials, and 3 films. He has directed more than 30 productions. A member of the American Critics Association, the Dance Critics Association and The Cleveland Critics Circle, he has been an entertainment reviewer for more than twenty years.

For many years he was a regular on Channel 5, ABC-Cleveland's "Morning Exchange" and "Live on 5," serving as the stations communication consultant. He has also appeared on "Good Morning America." Roy served as the Director of Public Relations for the Volunteer Office in the White House during the first Clinton Administration.

He is a professor of communication and psychology who taught at George Washington University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame College of Ohio and Towson University. Roy is the author of 31 books. Several years ago, he was selected by Cleveland Magazine as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland.

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