It’s time. I’ll spare you the reflections on how ambivalent I am about top 10 lists. I’m sure you share my doubts. But a theatre reviewer must represent, so here goes.
The caveats: I saw 54 plays this year. That is a lot fewer than I might have (my Critics’ Circle colleague, the indefatigable Richard Connema, saw over 100). So the list is unfair from the get go as far as representing the whole community. Second: It hardly needs pointing out that such a list is absurdly subjective. Who knows what’s best? So the headline here is not “10 Best” but “10 Powerful Memories” — there were many excellent plays to choose from. I have selected 10 which stand out in my mind as memorable, for which I am delighted to express appreciation. I hope it will bring back some nice memories for you too.
And so, in no particular order, and linked to the original reviews:
Sam and Dede or My Dinner With Andrew (Custommade Theatre Company)
Hamlet (Shotgun Players)
Backstage in Biscuit Land (San Francisco International Arts Festival)
A Dream Play (Cutting Ball)
Little Shop of Horrors (Ray of Light)
August Osage County (Marin Theatre Company)
She Loves Me (SF Playhouse)
Whales’ Wake (Ragged Wing Ensemble)
Paradise Street (Exit Theatre)
The Speakeasy (Boxcar Theatre)
Thank you to all in the Bay Area theatre community for enriching so many lives!
And so on to the next wonderful, artistic endeavors of 2017.