Best Of 2000

Best Theatrical Surprise: Der Kaiser von Atlantis

No one expected that Cleveland Public Theatre could so well produce such a difficult and unknown opera, or that an opera of such beauty could have been created in and survived a concentration camp. And the biggest surprise was the theater's exquisitely wrought interpretation. Musically, it sounded like Kurt Weill, and physically, it resembled a blitzkrieg in toyland. This may have been the city's most talked-about production.