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.