As always, I wish the incredibly talented playwrights of Off-Off-Broadway received the attention they deserve. August Schulenburg, Mac Rogers, Jaclyn Backhaus, and Melissa Ross are as or more talented than the playwrights who are featured again and again on Broadway and at the Off-Broadway nonprofits. I hope that their ships all come in, both for them and for theatre audiences everywhere.
My top ten is in alphabetical order. If I reviewed the show, I linked to the review.
|Rebekah Brockman in Arcadia |
(costume by Grier Coleman and photo from her website)
Between Riverside and Crazy: Stephen Adly Guirgis wrote a wonderful play, and the Atlantic-Second Stage gave it a wonderful production.
Cloud Nine: A superb production of a superb play.
|Jason Howard and David Rosenblatt in The Honeycomb Trilogy|
Photo: Deborah Alexander
John: I loved Annie Baker's John when I saw it, and I love it even more now that I've had time to think about it.
Men on Boats: This extraordinary show by Jaclyn Backhaus was a complete blast.
Nice Girl: Melissa Ross's smart and quiet play packed a smart and quiet wallop.
The Odyssey: If you've never seen one of the Public Theatre's "Public Works," do yourself a favor and catch the next one (Twelfth Night in September of 2016). These shows run a few days at the Delacorte, and they feature huge casts that combine NY theatre pros with people from all over the city who are interested in performance. The energy coming off that stage could power Manhattan for a week.
|Mike Mihm, Tanenbaum, Hip-Flores, and Sol Crespo in Salvage|
Photo: Deborah Alexander
Schooled: I have to admit that I find a lot of the shows featured in the Fringe Festival to be dreck. But once in a while, a play comes along that makes it all worthwhile.
And the musicals, also in alphabetical order:
Fun Home: What a treat to see Fun Home win all those Tonys. (Okay, we didn't actually see the show win all those Tonys, since the all-important book and score awards weren't broadcast, but you know what I mean.) And what lovely news that the show actually recouped!
Hamilton: Yes, I'm completely on the Hamilton bandwagon and grateful I saw it twice at the Public when tickets were still affordable. I love the CD as well. But to the people who say that it's true to the historical record: It's not. Read the wonderful bio for the much more complicated real story.
Little Shop of Horrors: There are a lot of things about this Off-Center staging that I would have changed, but getting to see Ellen Greene as Audrey one more time was pretty darn wonderful.
|Nicholas Park, Ally Bonino, Jack Mosbacher, Rachel Rhodes-Devey, |
and Greg Horton in Merrily We Roll Along
Theatre remains alive and well. Looking forward to 2016.