The Off-Off-Broadway Review, known as OOBR (pronounced OO-ber), will present its fourth annual awards on June 22 at the Union Square Theatre (100 E. 17th St.) in Manhattan. The ceremony will honor the OOBR critics' favorite shows of the 1997-98 Off-Off-Broadway season.
A special award will go to playwright and producer John Glines, who has been instrumental in making gay theatre a major part of the NY cultural scene. Glines' plays include Men Of Manhattan and the historical drama Butterflies and Tigers currently Off-Off-Broadway. His producing credits include As Is and Torch Song Trilogy.
Asked about the award, Glines told Playbill On-Line (June 12), "I'm very honored. It came as a complete surprise. I suppose it's for making gay plays a viable subject for the theatre. For instance, Torch Song started Off-Off, then it moved Off-Broadway, then it moved to Broadway. But after that, I remained in the Off-Off-Broadway area, because I still believe theatre is two boards and a passion. I'm very committed to that learning and growing process."
A buffet dinner catered by Katz's Delicatessen, "along with numerous networking opportunities," follows the 7 PM ceremony. For information, call (212) 242-1648.