1)American Fiesta(State Theatre
Company) Steven Tomlinson's theatrical ode to cookware and
relationships was hands down the best production I saw last
year. Directed by Christina J. Moore.
Austin) This traditional Christmas production of
Tchaikovsky's ballet about a child's Christmas fantasy was
brought to breathtaking life. Choreographed by Stephen Mills.
Theater) Brent Werzner's solo performance and a spooky
technical design stood out in this play produced entirely in
an actual hotel room. Directed by Jason Neulander.
4)Seven Brides for Seven Brothers(Zilker Theatre Productions) With Robin Lewis'
never-say-die choreography, the best Zilker Summer Musical
I've seen in 10 years. Directed by Ginger Morris and Lewis.
5)The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin
Infinity(Salvage Vanguard Theater) The most
pure fun I had in one place all year was at this live radio
play. Directed by Jason Neulander.
6)The Rocky Horror Show(Zachary
Scott Theatre Center) Songs for rock musicals don't get
much better than this, and Joe York out-Curried Tim Curry as
Frank N. Furter. Directed by Dave Steakley.
7) Dance Carousel(Spank Dance
Company) Ten choreographers did four original dances that
lasted one minute each, and the results were mysterious and
delightful. Conceived by Ellen Bartel.
8)Not Clown(Physical Plant
Theatre) When this evil clown story worked, which was
often, it was stunning in both its clarity and its
theatricality. Directed by Carlos Treviño.
9)In On It(dirigo group)
Every once in a while, if you're lucky, you're struck
speechless experiencing a moment when art and life become one.
This production had just such a moment. Directed by Lowell
10)Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!(Theater at the J) A low-budget musical that was
unabashedly, lovingly true to its origins and sung expertly by
an ensemble of five. Directed by K.C. Gussler.