Best in Boston Theater in 2018

by Clinton Campbell

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday December 27, 2018

It is that time of year again to reflect back on another year of theater. 2018 felt a bit leaner in terms of quantity of theater, but that didn't diminish some true quality. Here are a few of the highlights...

Peter and the Starcatcher — The little theater that could, Hub Theater Company, created a joyful and touching production of this Peter Pan origin story with an incredibly talented gender-neutral cast.

Proof — This 2000 Pulitzer Prize winning play about the hurdles faced by brilliant women feels just as fresh today. Nora Theater Company's simple yet sure-footed staging wisely let the play speak for itself.

Every Brilliant Thing — part play, part stand-up routine, Speakeasy Stage's production starring Adrianne Krstansky found humor, grace, and optimism in one of the unlikeliest of topics.

WET — ArtsEmerson brought Alex Alpharaoh's one-man show about the realities of his life as an American without papers and helped to humanize the ongoing political debate.

Fun Home — Alison Bechdel's graphic novel brought to life by Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music) received a fantastic production at Speakeasy Stage. It is a show about family and memory and how those two things shape the people we become.

Cabaret — Moonbox Productions spectacular first show on the "big stage" at the BCA announced to Boston that they are a group to watch. This dark and disturbing production managed to walk the fine line of offering nods to acclaimed productions of the past, while maintaining its own unique voice.

Hamilton — Yes, believe the hype.

Jagged Little Pill — American Repertory Theater's jukebox musical centered on Alanis Morisette's 1995 landmark album deftly captured the zeitgeist of today — as well as the first literal show-stopping performance in recent memory by Lauren Patten.

The White Card - Co-produced by ArtsEmerson and American Repertory Theater, the world premiere of Claudia Rankine's book was a challenging, timely, and necessary work that deserved both our undivided attention and praise.

The Black Clown — Immensely moving and elegant. American Repertory Theater's musical adaptation of Langston Hughes' poem by Davóne Tines & Michael Schachter was one of those rare theatrical experiences that shook you to the core and left you speechless.

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