Compulsion appeared in the Chronicle’s “Best of Bay Area Theater” top 10 list. Says theatre critic Robert Hurwitt, “Virtuosic, compelling performances from Mandy Patinkin and Hannah Cabell drove Oskar Eustis’ sleek, multifaceted staging of the semifictional tale of a Jewish writer’s obsession with safeguarding what he sees as the real story of Anne Frank’s diary.”
The Real Americans by Dan Hoyle, which played here as part of the Fireworks Festival last summer and has had extended runs at The Marsh, also made Robert’s list.
Robert Avila at the Guardian named The Real Americans and Lisa Kron’s In the Wake as two of the “best political theater riffs,” and tapped The Great Game: Afghanistan as the year’s “boldest venture.”
Chris Jensen over at SF Weekly tapped Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead as “best kid’s show,” and In the Wake as “best ensemble drama.” Says Chris of Composer, “every once in a while, a show comes along that is clever and funny enough to make the phrase ‘children’s theater’ seem totally inadequate. Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead, gorgeously staged as a holiday offering at Berkeley Rep, is just about the most fun I’ve had at the theater all year.”
Chad Jones (coincidentally my predecessor) over at TheaterDogs still shows Berkeley Rep the love in his top 10 list: Compulsion lands number 4 while Girlfriend tops his list at number 1. He says, “I can’t even begin to name all the reasons why I loved this Berkeley Repertory Theatre musical so much. I didn’t review it because I was working at the theater company at the time, but not only is it my favorite show of the year, it’s probably my favorite Berkeley Rep show of the last two decades.” Thanks, Chad!
StarkInsider launched “the Starkies” this year, and we landed the honor of best “theater house.” Says Clinton Stark, “The scores for the seven shows we reviewed at the Berkeley Rep in 2010 evoke Wayne Gretzky-like legend: 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 5, 4, 4. It was the only theater with a 4 or higher rating for all its shows…. Beyond the numbers, it’s the theater most often to surprise, to innovate. And it’s the one I’d pick if I had to subscribe to only one theater (and there are many, many great choices).”
Well, those are the lists we know of so far. Thanks for the recognition, all you theatre journalists!
Photo of Mandy Patinkin in Compulsion by kevinberne.com.
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