Casey Hoekstra and Joanna Harmon in Summer and Smoke. Photo © 2012 Act One, Too, Ltd., courtesy Theatre in the Round.
I begin this ritual post with the ritual disclaimer: I can't say these are the ten best plays to be staged in the Twin Cities in 2012—they're just the ten best among the plays I saw. The disclaimer is even more relevant this year, since I saw relatively few plays (for a theater critic) in 2012: I wrote about 31 in the Daily Planet, and saw a few more that I didn't write about. That's way down from my 2011 mark of 69 and my 2010 record of 88...but still, that's a few plays a month. Among them, these ten were exceptional.MORE »