Best theater of 2022: So many L.A. bright spots in L.A. despite a challenging year

Just when you think things are going to get better, the reality of what we are dealing with sinks in. Let’s not hide the truth: 2022 was economically and emotionally attrition.

We’ve been told by the President that we’re through with the pandemic, but we’re still getting sick and too many are still dying. Theaters were slowly returning to full schedules, but the habit of going to the theater was not easy to resume. Masks became optional, but these flexible policies only led to more cognitive dissonance.

However, looking back, I am shocked at the theatrical richness of the year. There were too many outstanding local productions to make room for Broadway highlights. But let me just say that Michael R. Jackson’s groundbreaking “A Strange Loop”, Lea Michele’s masterpiece in “Funny Girl” and what I consider to be the best play of the year, Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt” would be on stage at the top of my list.

There were also several top-notch theatrical books worthy of praise. Isaac Butler’s The Method: How the 20th Century Learned to Act; Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green’s Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers; Carey Perloff’s Pinter and Stoppard: A Director’s View; and DT Max’s Finale: Late Conversations With Stephen Sondheim” pulsed with theatrical sensibility and insight into the art form.

But without further ado, these are the gems (in alphabetical order) of my 2022 SoCal theater visit. Best theater of 2022: So many L.A. bright spots in L.A. despite a challenging year

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