Admittedly, some really strong performances can transcend whatever stage they happen to take place upon, but most shows—especially in a season that seesawed between slightly surreal environments
redolent with vivid textures and meticulous, evocative small-town realism
—relied on detailed, thoughtful and transporting set and scenic designs to achieve their full effects. And then a handful of really awful shows at least had amazing sets to keep our eyes busy while we waited for the curtain call. We salute the designers who brought disparate and distant environments to life in 2010.
Top 10 Set Designs of 2010
Our favorite stage designs of the year include a trash-heap, a meadow, a fast food restaurant and a racquetball court. Let's play!
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