Friday, May 12, 2006

SOB's Best and Worst of 2005-06 Theatre Season

SOB's Best and Worst of 2005-06 Theatre Season

I’ve never known exactly why theatre seasons throughout the United States typically end in late spring/early summer. Perhaps it’s because a large segment of the potential audience opts for outdoor activities rather than the confines of a theatre. Whatever the case, I will shortly be writing about my best and worst theatre experiences of the past twelve months, particularly now that the official Broadway season is over – that is, with the sole exception of June’s Tony Award ceremonies.

During the 2005-06 theatrical season, I’ve had the wonderful fortune of seeing 54 productions in far ranging venues stretching from San Diego to London, with stops along the way in such theatrical hotspots as Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and of course, New York. On the whole, I truly enjoyed most of the performances I saw – if not for the story or subject matter, at least for the fine actors and actresses I’ve been blessed to see. But likewise, there are those shows that I simply can’t get out of my mind – not because they were great, but because they were so awful or fell short so, well, dramatically.

In the run-up to the 2006 Tony Awards, I’ll be writing about my choices for the best and worst of the season. You may vehemently disagree and take issue with my selections; if you do, I invite you to engage me in a civil dialogue with your comments.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
SOB's Best of 2005-06: #1 - Theater Of The New Ear (Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA) (May 30, 2006)
SOB’s Best of 2005-06: #2 – Guys And Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre, London, UK) (May 26, 2006)
SOB’s Best of 2005-06: #3 – Hedda Gabler (Brooklyn Academy of Music – Harvey Theatre, New York, NY) (May 25, 2006)
SOB’s Best of 2005-06: #4 – A Blameless Life (Steppenwolf Garage, Chicago, IL) (May 24, 2006)
SOB’s Best of 2005-06: #5 – Reeling (The Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN) (May 23, 2006)
SOB’s Best of 2005-06: #6 – “MASTER HAROLD”…And The Boys (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL) (May 21, 2006)
SOB’s Best of 2005-06: #7 – Love Song (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL) (May 19, 2006)
SOB's Best of 2005-06: #8 - Billy Elliot The Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre, London, UK) (May 18, 2006)
SOB's Best of 2005-06: #9 - The Well-Appointed Room (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL) (May 17, 2006)
SOB's Best of 2005-06: #10 - Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (May 15, 2006)
The SOB Five "Worst" of 2005-06 (May 12, 2006)

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