Four dozen top ten lists for 2013

Four dozen top ten lists for 2013

Click below for an index to some (hardly all) “bests” or “top ten” theater lists for 2013, not from just NYC but also Albany, Atlanta, the Berkshires, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, South Florida, Utah and Washington D.C. The lists vary: Note Don Aucoin’s (Boston), celebrating “most adroit scene-stealing” and “most likely to make you want to hit the bars afterward for a good stiff drink.”

(Send links to any additional lists to the editor; they’ll be added if they’re (1) by ATCA members, (2) by non-members from major outlets, or (3) the only list we can find for that city. NOTE: since being posted Jan. 13, the index has continued to grow.)


Metroland: The Capitol Region: Best Theater 2013, by James Yeara 


Arts Atlanta: 2013’s best in theater, by Andrew Alexander


Berkshire Eagle: The best and worst of 2013, by Jeffrey Borak 


Boston Globe: Don Aucoin’s theater picks of 2013 


Chicago Tribune: Top 10 shows that live on, by Chris Jones 

Windy City Times: The Year in Chicago theater, by Mary Shen Barnidge

Huff Post: Best Chicago Theater Of 2013, by Lauren Whalen


CityBeat: Local Stages Kept Things Interesting in 2013, by Rick Pender


News-Herald: 2013’s top local productions, performances, by Bob Abelman


Columbus Dispatch: Theatre 2013: Daring Productions Broke Ground, by Michael Grossman


Hartford Courant: The Best Of Connecticut Theater in 2013, by Frank Rizzo


“D”: Best Dallas Theater in 2013, by Lindsey Wilson


Denver Post: Best of 2013, by Lisa Kennedy


Indianapolis Business Journal:LOU’S VIEWS: Lou Harry’s year-end A&E bests ; also, 50 Years, 50 Shows 

Los Angeles

LA Weekly: 10 Best L.A. Plays of 2013, by Steven Leigh Morris 

Los Angeles Times: Best of 2013, by Charles McNulty


Miami Herald: Theater Year in Review, by Christine Dolen 

New York City

Here, we rely on Jonathan Mandell’s very helpful survey of 14 lists, including two of his own (but not his poll for the worst show of the year, which is still active, though [spoiler alert!] “Jekyll & Hyde” is well in the lead).

NOTE that Jonathan includes links to the original lists, so you can read the discussions, which is really what these things are all about. 

North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill)

Indy Week: Best plays, performers, directors and designers, by Byron Woods 


Philadelphia Weekly: 2013 in Philly theater, The year of the actor, by J. Cooper Robb


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Top Ten (plus a dozen) Pittsburgh theater, by Christopher Rawson (with Sharon Eberson) 

Also: 30th Annual Pittsburgh Performers of the Year ; plus First 29 years 


The Oregonian: Portland theater’s best of 2013, by Richard Wattenberg

St. Louis

Riverfront Times: The best St. Louis theater productions of 2013, by Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold 

San Diego

Union-Tribune: 2013 in theater, by James Hebert

San Francisco

SFGate: Robert Hurwitt’s best of 2013 theater

San Jose

San Jose Mercury News: Best of 2013 theater, by Karen D’Souza


Seattle Times: 2013 Seattle Times Footlight Awards, by Misha Berson

South Florida

Florida Theater On Stage: Most Memorable 2013 South Florida Theater Productions, by Bill Hirschman

Twin Cities

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Best of Theater, 2013, by Rohan Preston

Pioneer Press: Best theater and dance shows of 2013, by Ron Hubbard

Also: Best parts of the worst shows of 2013, by Dominic Papatola 

Utah Best of Utah Theater in 2013 

Deseret News: Much lively theater in best stagings of 2013, by Blair Howell 

Washington, D.C.

Washington Post: The Intriguing Developments of 2013 in D.C. Theater, by Peter Marks

Washingtonian: Best Washington, DC Theater of 2013, by Sophie Gilbert  

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