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The 2000 OOBR Awards: The Best of Off-Off Broadway

The best of Off-Off Broadway was honored on June 27 as the winners of the 2000 OOBR Awards were announced from the stage of New York’s Union Square Theatre. As always, variety was the byword of the OOBR Awards–now in their sixth year–with honors to theatrical subjects ranging from a gay musical spoof with a western motif to classical works by Shakespeare and Jane Austin.

“The OOBR Awards always seem to spotlight the diversity that is available Off-Off Broadway,” notes John Chatterton, editor and publisher of oobr, the Off-Off Broadway review, which sponsors the awards. “To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim, it’s comforting to know that there’s always something for everybody’s taste Off-Off Broadway.”

The OOBR Awards winners are chosen by the staff of oobr reviewers. Additionally, each year a Sustained Achievement Award is presented to an individual or organization that has helped to define and promote Off-Off Broadway through their work. This year, the award was given to The Gallery Players, a Brooklyn-based theatrical company that has been producing and presenting quality productions for over two decades.

A complete list of 2000 OOBR Award winners follows:

American Hieroglyphics
By Larry Myers
Theater for the New City

Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill
By Kurt Weill and various lyricists
Theatre 1010

Cowboys (a gay musical)
Book and lyrics by Clint Jefferies
Music by Paul L. Johnson
Wings Theatre

The Devil’s Home Movies
By Larry Myers
The Common Basis Theatre and RWM Playwrights Lab

Ice in April
Written and directed by Frank Avellino
Razor Productions/Sage Theatre Co.

Northanger Abbey
By Jane Austen
Adapted by Lynn Marie Macy
Directed by David Scott
Distilled Spirits Theatre

By William Shakespeare
Expanded Arts

Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery
By Shay Youngblood
Vital Theatre Company

The Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
Hawk and Handsaw Production Co.

A Tale of Two Cities
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and directed by Will Pomerantz
The Culture Project

UrineTown! The Musical
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis

Sustained Achievement Award
The Gallery Players