2014 was a year for Brooklyn-based revival theaters. Though BAM often has mixed fare—one of its strengths, since it is willing to take risks on stranger work—it hosted a slew of phenomenal productions this fall (four are on this list), from some of the best Beckett I’ve ever seen to Isabella Rossellini’s delightfully weird Green Porno. And Ivo van Hove, whose production of Shakespeare’s Roman Tragedies I found atrocious, returned with a surprising subtle and tender Angels in America. Theatre for a New Audience also made the cut with their hypnotic rendering of Ionesco’s The Killer and admirable mounting of Marlowe’s epic Tamburlaine. As for new plays, we saw both the electric, high-profile Lyndon Johnson biography All the Way and the Amoralists’ bloody and hilarious Hollywood satire, Enter at Forest Lawn. Finally, this list includes two Broadway shows that couldn’t be more different: the Holocaust musical Cabaret and the delightfully low-brow magic show The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible.
Below is the full list—click on the links for my original reviews.
2. GREEN PORNO
3. ALL THE WAY
7. THE KILLER