Today’s Wall Street Journal contains my best-theater-of-2015 column. Among those present:
Best ensemble. I’ve yet to see a more consistently fine group of actors than the five women who appeared in Danai Gurira’s “Eclipsed,” which just ended its run at the Public Theater and is bound for Broadway next March with the original cast intact….
Best revival of a modern play. Chicago’s TimeLine Theatre Company outdid itself with Arthur Miller’s “The Price,” directed with quiet tautness by Louis Contey and featuring the the 91-year-old Mike Nussbaum, who grows younger by the year….
Playwright of the year. Katori Hall nailed the honors for 2015 with a premiere, “The Blood Quilt” at Washington’s Arena Stage, and a revival, Lyric Stage’s Boston production of “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning.” I rank her next to Amy Herzog as the top up-and-comer among under-40 playwrights….
You can probably guess which show I picked as best musical, but to see my other picks and runners-up, including the best play, director, and company of 2015, go here.