Unfortunately, I only saw a limited number of live theatrical productions between January and March. The week following the shutdown, I had the first of many late winter and spring theater trips to New York City planned. In fact, I already had tickets in-hand for Lincoln Center’s Intimate Apparel and Flying Over Sunset, new plays by personal favorites Tracy Letts (The Minutes), Lucas Hnath (Dana H.) and Martyna Mayok (Sanctuary City), and star-studded revivals including Company and NYTW’s Three Sisters. I am keeping my fingers crossed for many of these productions to return in seasons to come.
Always resilient, individual artists and cultural organizations adapted during these times to provide audiences with live and filmed streamed content and, in some special cases, live, socially-distanced performances. While this year’s list is not nearly as robust as usual, I thought it was essential to continue this annual tradition and celebrate and honor those theater makers who persevered through this year and kept the art form alive through both virtual and in-person platforms. Here is the Best of 2020.