Best of Boston

BEST Performance

2011 BEST Performance, Dance

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre

Cambridge

This 25-year-old company is the antithesis of stuffy, overpolished dance—and its venue, the minuscule Sanctuary Theatre inside the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, provides an almost religious experience. The seats are so close that you can see every slash of muscle,… read more»

2002 BEST Performance, Dance

Maureen Fleming

In her stark solo show, “After Eros,” Maureen Fleming conjures images ranging from spiraling water to bone fragments to a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon. Using her own elegant brand of Japanese Butoh to communicate the process of regeneration,… read more»

1999 BEST Performance, by an Actor

Arliss Howard, American Repertory Theatre

In the A.R.T.’s production of Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, Howard injected a sinister yet sympathetic edge to the role of a gentle pedophile. read more»

1994 BEST Performance, by an Empty Shirt

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall’s reporting of Jackie O’s deathwatch in New York. Hall told viewers that Ted Kennedy had two pots on the same boiler that night; the health-care legislation and Jackie’s impending death. Class. read more»

1993 BEST Performance, Series

The Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Last year it brought us Lynn Redgrave in Shakespeare for My Father. This year it will present the Twyla Tharp Dancers, Itzhak Perlman, Victor Borge—the list goes on. read more»

1992 BEST Performance, Broadway

The Secret Garden, coming to the Colonial in November

Forget the Phantom of the Opera, with his sissy little half mask. The Secret Garden, an adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s book, is intelligent and subtle. read more»

1989 BEST Performance, Choral

The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir at the Somerville Theater

No joke. Paul McCartney raves about the group’s album, and David Byrne is also a fan. The choir’s sound is beautiful and unforgettable. And we’re still not sure what they’re singing about. read more»

1989 BEST Performance

As high-tech firms go, Straus Computer is about as sexy as Lumpy Shannon.

The Marlborough company makes Armaggedon-resistant computers for a niche market. But these days, it’s the only Massachusetts computer company with bark and byte. read more»

1988 BEST Performance, Clutch

Bird’s fourth-quarter, 20-point performance against Atlanta in the seventh game of that series. read more»

1987 BEST Performance, Comeback

Greg Allman

He’s off drugs; he’s off booze. The Allman we saw was all music. read more»