It’s that time of year again:
Time to dole out Stevens (you know, like the Tonys, except I’m the only Tony casting votes) for my favorite non-Broadway work of the (Corona-abbreviated) 2019-2020 theatre season.
I tried seeing every production that played at a reputable venue, or was produced by a reputable company, or involved someone reputable, but that’s never not a fool’s errand, because I’m sure I missed a few, especially shows cut short by, um, the obvious (the irreputable can of course generate the goods as well, but it’s impossible to keep abreast of everything, so a man’s gotta have curatorial standards of some kind).
As for the Great White Way, it’s still too early to announce my winners. Like the American Theatre Wing itself, I’m waiting to see what happens to the delayed (hopefully not cancelled) second half of the season.
But since the offerings of the New York theatre’s off-sector weren’t nearly as shortchanged by lopping off the final months, they’re plentiful and fierce enough to wage some (friendly) head-to-head competition.
Again, if you’re not familiar with the template for The Stevens, just dig through my archives. But also, it ain’t too hard to follow along.
Even for n00bs.