The rest of the list is in reverse alphabetical order, just for a change of pace.
- Vieux Carre (The Pearl Theatre): Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical drama in a solid, moving production.
- Universal Robots (Manhattan Theatre Source): Mac Rogers examines the meaning of being—and not being—human.
- Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park): I hope Shakespeare was able to watch this evening of pure delight from the great beyond.
- Streetcar Named Desire (Barrington Stage Company, Berkshires): A fresh look at Williams’ masterpiece without all the shtick of the BAM production.
- Next to
(Broadway): A grown-up rock-ish musical full of naked emotion and superb performances, particularly Alice Ripley’s. Normal
- Lizzie Borden (Off-Off Broadway):Kick-ass rock combined with a wry point of view; this show made bumping off one’s parents seem like a smart thing to do.
- Lesser Seductions of History (Flux Theatre Ensemble): August Schulenburg examines the 1960s with great compassion, insight, and humor.
- Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Lincoln Center Theatre): A beautiful production of August Wilson's magical and moving depiction of people searching for a place and a person to call home.
- Dollhouse (
’s Warehouse): What might sound like a gimmick in theory—casting unusually short men and unusually tall women—turned out in practice to be a stroke of brilliance, revitalizing Ibsen’s well-known play. Mabou Mines, St. Ann (Folger Shakespeare Library, Arcadia Washington, DC): An excellent production of one of my all-time favorite plays.