From a Conan Doyle-inspired inquiry to an Emmett Till trilogy, from a Baroque opera to an Alaskan Tlingit journey, here are some shows I’d put on my hypothetical theatre calendar.
A new play at Barrington Stage Company, about a class-riven romance among 2 wheelchair and text-to-speech users, also has plenty of disabled talent backstage.
A mix of familiar and new titles, of challenge and comfort, characterizes this year’s lists, the first this magazine has done since 2019.
New plays at East West Players and People’s Light illuminate the collisions, and occasional solidarity, among people of color in a white-dominated culture.
From goofy musicals to meaty and instructive dramas, 4 shows stand in for the disparate ambitions and uses of theatre.
From the Public Works ‘As You Like It’ to upstart crow’s ‘King John’ at Oregon Shakes to ‘Mother Lear’ at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Bard remains powerful currency; it’s how it’s spent that matters.
The last 2 years forced us to face fundamental uncertainty and loss, and that’s a gift that will keep on giving.
His path-breaking musicals have handily outlasted their detractors, in part because they remain so singularly alive.
Theatre is happening and we are here to cover it, in spite of it all.
Casting is the intersection of so much that’s pleasurable about theatre and its potential—and need—to do better.