[Best of 2015: Theater]

Best of 2015: Theater

The haunting: The specter of her abusive ex is just one of Agnes’ problems in Bug.
Liz Kline
Jacob Coakley

1. Bug (Cockroach Theatre) Cockroach had an exceptionally strong year, and I could easily have included more of their productions on this list, but Bug stands out thanks to its buzzing, crackling energy and darkly triumphant finale.

Las Vegas Little Theatre's cast of Avenue Q.

2. A Summons From the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place (A Public Fit) A Public Fit has made public conversation around theater its mission, and made it the heart of this original production, surrounded by superb performances and a haunting found space.

3. Once on This Island (Broadway in the Hood) Broadway in the Hood impressed with its production of this little-known gem at the Smith Center, then reprised it with an equally spectacular version to kick off an official residency there.

4. Avenue Q (Las Vegas Little Theatre) It’s amazing that a show can be at once dirty, ironic and full of heart, yet this production managed it, and had the sold-out crowds all summer long to prove it.

5. Motel (Table 8 Productions) The fullest realization of director Troy Heard’s ambitious vision was a fever-dream of discomfort and dysfunction, as well as deep emotional (and physical) intimacy.

  • “There’s so many parallels of my life. It’s one of most relatable roles I’ve ever played.”

  • “Immersive theater is the next evolution in entertainment, and it has taken a large turn now that the video game generation has grown up and ...

  • Director Chris Davies points out that the play touches on the issues of immigration reform and women’s rights—without losing any laughs.

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