Friday, December 25, 2009

10 Favorites of 2009

Sixty Miles to Silver Lake by Dan LeFranc; directed by Anne Kauffman; co-production by Page 73 and Soho Rep (at Soho Rep)

SOS –created by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson; Big Art Group (at The Kitchen)

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson - Written and directed by Alex Timbers; music and lyrics by Michael Friedman; Les Freres Corbusier (at The Public)

Thirst(y) - (mostly) by Eugene O’Neill; directed by Michael Levinton; Target Margin Theater (at The Chocolate Factory)

The Event – written and directed by John Clancy; Clancy Productions/FringeNYC (at Players Theater)

In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) – by Sarah Ruhl; directed by Les Waters; Lincoln Center Theater (at Lyceum Theater)

Circle Mirror Transformation – by Annie Baker; directed by Sam Gold; Playwrights Horizons (at Peter J. Sharp Theater)

THIS – by Melissa James Gibson; directed by Daniel Aukin; Playwrights Horizons (at Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater)

Brief Encounter - Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice; Kneehigh Theatre (at St. Ann’s Warehouse)

Romeo & Juliet - Conceived and directed by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper; Nature Theater of Oklahoma (at The Kitchen)


And very honorable mentions to: Gina Gionfriddo's BECKY SHAW at Second Stage, Nature Theater of Oklahoma's RAMBO SOLO at Soho Rep, Cynthia Hopkins' THE SUCCESS OF FAILURE (OR, THE FAILURE OF SUCCESS), Buddy Thomas' DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND at the Fringe and three past shows that I revisited this year and found that I loved them as much this year as the first time I saw them: Mabou Mines's DOLLHOUSE, Chicago's Hell in a Handbag's POSEIDON (AN UPSIDEDOWN MUSICAL) and Len Jenkin's THE DREAM EXPRESS.

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