Saturday, January 8, 2022

From The Desk of Jim R, Take 2, Column 294, "The Best Plays of 2021 (Equity)"

By James V. Ruocco

Ticket Stubs.
Great Orchestra Seats.
Praiseworthy Adverts.
Opening Night.
Meet and Greet.
Twelve Months at a Glance.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the unpredictability of the Omicron Variant, 2021 was still a surprisingly great year for Equity-based theatre - LIVE or streamed - with specially selected productions of every size, shape and color coming at you day by day, week by week, month by month with very few postponements or COVID-related outbreaks disrupting ongoing performances or opening nights.

What worked?
What didn't?
What stood out?
What tanked?
What deserved a standing ovation or two?
What production did you want to stream again?
Or buy a ticket to a second showing?

After about a day of well-intentioned deliberation and scanning through an endless variety of content, from reviews and playbills to columns and specially marked reminder notes, things fell neatly into place, one by one, line by line, show by show.

Not really.
Of, course.
An open mind?
Time consuming?
No way.
Very easy.

My choices are as follows:

The Best Plays of 2021 (Equity)

The Chinese Lady (Long Wharf Theatre)
director: Ralph B. Pena

Tru (Music Theatre of Connecticut)
director: Kevin Connors

The Sound Inside (TheaterWorks/Hartford)
director: Rob Ruggiero

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly (Playhouse on Park)
director: Sasha Bratt

Ah, Wilderness! (Hartford Stage)
director: Meila Bensussen

Walden (TheaterWorks/Hartford)
director: Mei Ann Teo

A Christmas Memory (Greenwich Theatre Company)
director: Andrea Lynn Green

Tiny House (Westport Country Playthouse)
director: Mark Lamos

Talk to Me Like the Rain (Connecticut Repertory Theatre)
director: Dexter Singleton

Elyot & Amanda: All Alone (Playhouse on Park)
director: Sean Harris

Who's Holiday! (Music Theatre of Connecticut)
director: Kevin Connors

Antigone (Connecticut Repertory Theatre)
director: Gary English

Oedipus Rex (Legacy Theatre)
director: Keely Baisden Knudsen

Two Jews Walk Into a War (Playhouse on Park)
director: David Hammond

This Property is Condemned (Connecticut Repertory Theatre)
director: Dexter Singleton

Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Connecticut Repertory Theatre)
director: Raphael Massie

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for including us for "TWO JEWS...". We had a ball.