Thursday, December 30, 2021

From the Desk of Jim R, Take 2, Column 293: "The Best Plays and Musicals of 2021 (Non Equity)"


By James V. Ruocco


Despite the ongoing pandemic, the beauty of live or streamed theatre had its defining moments in 2021.

There wasn't a lot to choose from.
Some shows were able to complete their entire runs.
Some failed to open.
Schedules were revised, reworked and altered.
Audience members were asked to wear masks and show proof of vaccination.
A few performances - here and there - were cancelled due to COVID outbreaks amongst the cast.

What worked?
What stood out?
What left theatergoers begging for more?

My choices are as follows:

The Best Plays and Musicals of 2021

"Mamma Mia!" (Fairfield Center Stage)
director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom

"The Rocky Horror Show" (Pantochino Productions)
director: Bert Bernardi

"The Littlest Christmas Tree" (Pantochino Productions)
director: Bert Bernardi

"The Importance of Being Earnest" (Castle Craig Players)
director: Ian Galligan and Oliver Kochol

"Mamma Mia!" (The Arts at Angeloria's)
director: Kim Dougherty

"The Gifts of the Magi" (The Arts at Angeloria's)
director: Sara Fabrizio

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