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Best Theater

2017 Best Theater

American Repertory Theater

Cambridge
Even by its own cutting-edge standards, the A.R.T. had yet another landmark year, one that began with a searing performance by monologist Anna Deavere Smith […] read more»
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 & […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
2015 Best Theater

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 […] 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. […] read more»
2013 Best Theater

Huntington Theatre Company

Boston
Sure, the A.R.T. may have finished strong this year with the widely acclaimed Pippin, but the Huntington’s shining season earned it a Tony for best […] read more»
2013 Best Theater, Children's

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 […] 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 […] read more»
2012 Best Theater

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 […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
2007 Best Theater, Alternative

Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway

Somerville
A mediocre alternative theater is content to stage Brecht rip-offs and plumb the depths of existential mime. A great alternative theater like Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway […] read more»
2007 Best Theater, Traditional

Boston Opera House

Boston
Attending a show here is not unlike sitting inside a gigantic inverted wedding cake. Three years after a painstaking $30 million restoration, the Opera House […] read more»