In spite of the divisiveness that defines our country at this very moment, the theater provides us with an opportunity to cherish something that is becoming unfortunately rarer and rarer these days – a pure, communal experience. From the enthusiastic ovations of a star’s entrance to the tense, collective breaths held during a dramatic monologue, I am grateful to have had those moments this year that reminded me of our shared humanity. This is what has kept the theater alive since ancient times and this is what makes it as necessary as ever today. And while it feels like each day we are inching closer and closer to our own apocalypse, leave it to a Golden Age musical comedy from over a half century ago to remind us that “the world is full of wonderful things.” Here’s this year’s list, mentioning just a few of those wonderful things.
It should be noted that both The Band’s Visit and Olso appeared on my Best of 2016 List in recognition of their off-Broadway runs last year. They certainly would be on the top of this year's list if not previously recognized.