Elevator Repair Service’s Shuffle, in which actors read short, chopped together excerpts from American modernist classics, gave voice to thousands of shelved books when it was performed in the stacks of the Grand Army Plaza public library.
Performed in a rundown workhouse on the Red Hook waterfront, Falconworks’ production of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People, about a scientist who threatens a town’s economy when he discovers the water is poisoned, took on special meaning as the neighborhood battled plans to dump toxic waste there.
Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of La Hija de Rappapcini, about a mad gardener and his poison daughter, was extra magical for being performed on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Esplanade.
Brave New World Repertory Theater performed Elmer Rice’s 1929 slice-of-stoop-life Street Scene on Fifth Street in Park Slope, creating a dynamic production attuned to the real energy of city life.
Green-Wood Cemetery this year revived year the production of Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology that last played there in 2011 in all its romantic, crepuscular glory.
Most Penises on a Stage
City Opera’s Powder Her Face
This Thomas Ades work about the famously promiscuous Duchess Margaret Campbell packed as many butt-naked men as would fit onto the stage at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House—roughly two dozen.
Best Theater About to Open
Theatre for a New Audience
The best Shakespeare adapters in the city are building their own space in Fort Greene, which will open this fall with a Julie Taymor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Best Collaboration of the Year Erykah Badu and the Brooklyn Philharmonic
The people who were there to see Badu sing, with our hometown orchestra, an arrangement of her New Amerykah Part One won’t ever forget her strong and self-possessed performance matched with local composer Ted Hearne’s epic orchestrations.