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2016 BEST Theater

American Repertory Theater

Cambridge

This season has continued to justify A.R.T.’s rise to a theater of national prominence. Under artistic director Diane Paulus, it sent both Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and Waitress, a Sara Bareilles musical, to Broadway—all while coaxing… read more»

2016 BEST Theater, Fringe

Gold Dust Orphans

Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans have been lampooning classic films with their blistering wit and gender-bending style for nearly two decades, and their productions get tighter and funnier each year. For instance, last season included the riotous Thoroughly… read more»

2015 BEST Theater
Photograph courtesy of ArtsEmerson

ArtsEmerson

Boston

ArtsEmerson certainly brings the world to its stages. This season alone, it hosted acrobatic feats from Montreal’s troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main in Traces; Isabella Rossellini in her cult-tastic one-woman show, Green Porno; an oil-drums-and-marimba reimagining of Mozart’s… read more»

2015 BEST Theater, Fringe

Company One Theatre

Boston

Let’s get one thing straight: Fringe isn’t synonymous with small. In fact, the fringe companies in town are all about big ideas, big risks, and big heart, none more so than Company One Theatre, a long-standing resident of the Boston… read more»

2014 BEST Theater

Huntington Theatre Company

Boston

Boston theater is humming on high thanks to its two biggest companies, both of which send shows to Broadway and garner Tony nominations and awards. But while the American Repertory Theater had another star-studded year of notable spectacles, we preferred… read more»

2013 BEST Theater, Children's
photo by Alex Lau

Boston Children’s Theatre

Boston

The BCT could play it safe. Instead, it offers outside-the-box productions, like Reflections of a Rock Lobster, about a gay teen’s fight to bring his date to the prom, and Honk!, a lively musical based on The Ugly Duckling. And… read more»

2012 BEST Theater, Children's

Boston Children’s Theatre

Boston

The BCT ran classics like The Velveteen Rabbit this season, but we give the theater company a standing ovation for producing the world premiere of executive artistic director Burgess Clark’s Reflections of a Rock Lobster. The play follows the true… read more»

2012 BEST Theater
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ArtsEmerson

With its three venues—the Cutler Majestic, the Paramount Mainstage, and the Jackie Liebergott Black Box—ArtsEmerson certainly dominates the Theater District, but its artistic reach goes far beyond the city. This year, executive director Rob Orchard landed the following: Henrik Ibsen’s… read more»

2011 BEST Theater

American Repertory Theatre

Cambridge

The A.R.T. has added major buzz to its stages, from Amanda Palmer’s work in Cabaret to a punk musical about Prometheus. Artistic director Diane Paulus has displayed the clout to bring in star turns by John Lithgow and Amy Brenneman,… read more»

2011 BEST Theater, Production

Petrushka at ArtsEmerson

Boston

Master puppeteer Basil Twist’s adaptation of Stravinsky’s ballet about a tragic love triangle among a clown, a ballerina, and a Moor managed to convey humanity and grace in the movement of Japanese-style marionettes. One compact hour long, it begged for… read more»