Best Theatrical Events of 2017: My Top 20
What a fun filled year this was. Some of my favorite shows opened on and off Broadway all throughout this year. In the spring before the awards, and now a few in the new season before Christmas. Here is my list of the top 20 (click here for the full list), and I wouldn’t take the order all the seriously, as all are worthy. There were a few that didn’t make the list, such as the shows I’m seeing this week in London (National Theatre’s Follies, Donmar Warehouse’s Belleville, and the West End’s The Ferryman) and a few that I struggled with, such as, Farinelli and the King, MTC’s The Children, A Doll’s House, Part 2 and A Parallelogram,but such is the trouble of making a list of this sort. So here goes nothing, and let me know what you think, or disagree with.
20/ Desperate Measures
“It’s a smart and creative reimagining that works wonders on the plot points…A smartly directed and choreographed good time by Castellino, the musical giddily gallops forward, taking a convoluted Shakespearean text and improving on it. I never thought I’d say that, but ‘Measure for Measure’ mixed with Mel Brooks and a melodic musical score create one great time at the dance hall.” Full Review
“A captivating exploration of friendship, isolation and catastrophe and even with its short running time, it is indeed satisfying…The piece holds us tightly. In the lighter moments we join in their backyard reverie, but it is in the darker moments where the richness in their vulnerability, defenselessness, and ruination are the most thrilling to witness…When Mrs. Jarrett finally bids adieu, we also must say our goodbyes. It’s joyous in that moment, and we owe that to the delicious work of a… Full Review (for the full list, click here)