Non-Equity Theatre in 2022 was exactly that.
So many plays to discover.
So many plays to cherish.
So many plays to enjoy.
Drama. Comedy. Classics.
Some very recognizable.
Some rarely performed.
Some very few theatergoers have heard of.
The thrill of course, was discovery.
New. Old. Timely. Quirky. Outrageous.
That was the bill of fare at both Hole in the Wall Theater and Brookfield Theatre for the Arts.
Shakespeare. Dungeons & Dragons. Neil Simon. The game of Clue.
What stood out?
What drove theatergoers and critics absolutely wild?
For some, it was simply a matter of choice.
For others, it was a night on the town.
Or, in some cases, it was the opportunity to enjoy something new or grab a ticket to something they've never heard of before.
No argument there.
Theatergoing was at its peak throughout 2022.
Lots to see. Lots to enjoy. Lots to applaud.
After months of deliberation and revisiting an endless variety of content, from reviews and playbills to columns and specially marked reminder notes, choices for The Best Non-Equity Plays of the Year fell neatly into place, one by one, line by line.
An open mind?
It comes with the territory.
But first, a few simple rules.
Only "press invited shows" (i.e., invites from Non-Equity Theaters or marketing departments within the actual venue are eligible for "Best Play" consideration.
My choices are as follows:
Please note: This year, there's a tie for first place amongst two very different productions.
"She Kills Monsters" and "God of Carnage" have received top honors in this year's round up of eligible play productions.
The Best Non-Equity Plays of 2022