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"Sometimes, a play simply must be seen because it speaks so many languages. "How to Be a Respectable Junkie," ... is something of a Rosetta stone. It speaks to addicts (those in recovery and those who have yet to kick); to their parents and loved ones numbed by disappointment, broken promises and yet another fruitless stint in rehab. And it speaks to those lucky enough to have watched the numbers of ODs rise and rise without ever having to attend a funeral... And then there is Vovos' script. Animated by Bohan in a tour de force performance, "How to be a Respectable Junkie" stands as one of the most empathetic portraits of addiction you'll ever see... The greatest gift of "How to Be a Respectable Junkie" is that once you've seen it, the thought of [Brian's] annihilation is almost impossible to bear." - Andrea Simakis, THE PLAIN DEALER. Click here to read the full review.

“It is rare for a local world premiere to leave you with strong emotions, but “How to be a Respectable Junkie” tells the story and warns of desperation at the same time.” --Herb Hammer Chagrin Valley. Today Read the full review here.

"...a powerful piece of theater...Playwright Vovos clearly knows his way around this territory, and the details he uses to explain how druggies shoot up, avoid detection, and deal with relatives is brutally precise. The amazingly talented actor Christopher M. Bohan brings Brian to painful life, as Brian confesses his weaknesses and rages at “earthlings” for not understanding how difficult it is to fight this addiction. The play is nearly perfect...most of Junkie is right on the mark, showing us earthlings how it feels to be stuck on the business end of those deadly needles." - Christine Howey, SCENE

“How to Be A Respectable Junkie” is a special evening of theater. Superb acting, within the confines of a meaningful script, it grabs and holds the audience’s attention. This is absolute must be seen theater for anyone who goes to be informed, to share in a real experience, to see that there may be light at the end of a tunnel, while observing a master class in acting. " -

"Every so often a show comes along that hits with the intensity of a car wreck. This is such a show with no punches being pulled. At times humorous to counter balance the raw nerve intensity it is a stark look at a national epidemic that shows no sign of weakening. As brutal as it is, this is must see theater." - Talkin' Broadway. Read the full review here.


2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Playwriting

Best New Play by a Local Playwright -- The Plain Dealer

Best Tour de Force Two-fer -- Actor Christopher Bohan for his performances in How to be a Respectable Junkie and The Flick -- The Plain Dealer

Superior Achievement for Nonmusical Production - Cleveland Critics Circle 2017 Theater Awards

Best Full Production Premiere of a Script by a Local Writer - Cleveland Critics Circle 2017 Theater Awards

Best Human Beings of the Male Gender Acting Their Socks off at a Single Location: Dobama Theatre - Christopher M. Bohan, The Flick and How to Be a Respectable Junkie