Best of Boston

2011 Best Theater

American Repertory Theatre

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, as well as the vision to produce the U.S. premiere of robot opera Death and the Powers, written by MIT prof Tod Machover. This is a theater that keeps your eye on the calendar for what’s coming next.

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