The 25 Best Stage Shows of 2013

12/18/2013 4:00 AM |

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Enemy of the People

We saw one production of Ibsen’s water-pollution drama by the troupe Falconworks on the Red Hook waterfront, the site specificity tying the play nicely into the community’s own battle with pollution earlier this year. Then we saw another at BAM, which featured a debate between audience and actors about the virtues and shortcomings of democracy. Both turned the old play into a vital work bursting with present-day political relevance.

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The Wild Bride

Based on the Brothers Grimm’s “The Girl With No Hands,” this dark fable at St. Ann’s also managed to be bawdy, boisterous and buffoonish, full of folksy blues, singing and dancing

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Then She Fell

This site-specific, immersive meditation on the life and work of Lewis Carroll created moments of such frightening power that there were several times when I forgot, or at least doubted, that I was actually interacting with actors.

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Jeannette Bayardelle brought enormous heart, talent and skill to her one-woman musical she wrote about a girl who has to descend to the depths before she can find a chance for any kind of redemption.

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Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

This was the year’s most original, ambitious and audacious show—a post-apocalyptic horror farce about society crumbling down, the importance and evolution of cultural myths, and the episode of The Simpsons that spoofs Cape Fear.

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The Two-Character Play

Wild-eyed Amanda Plummer and wilder-eyed Brad Dourif created a whole world of tics and emotional jags in this excellent production of a very difficult Tennessee Williams play about performers and siblings.