Best Theater of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes

December 28th, 2010, 12:05 pm by Greg

I had the opportunity to see more theater productions in 2010 than I have in most previous years, although still not as much as I’d like to have seen. So this list is far from comprehensive, but it reflects the very best of what I was able to see. And there were quite a few good productions that didn’t make the cut, which bodes well for the quality of theater that’s being produced right here in Nippertown.

Ironically and most unfortunately, the biggest news in the Nippertown theater world this year took place off-stage with the death knell for the New York State Theatre Institute in Troy. And the children of the Capital Region and beyond are all the poorer for it…

Here’s my Top 10 Capital Region Theater Productions of the year:

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1. “33 Variations” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany (Read review)
2. “A Delicate Balance” @ Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge (Read review)
3. Dan Hurlin’s “Disfarmer” @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams (Somehow I inexplicably and inexcusably let this one slip by without writing a review, and, boy, am I embarrassed about that. Read preview)
4. “The Last Goodbye” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage, Williamstown (Read review)
5. “The Whipping Man” @ Barrington Stage Co. Stage II, Pittsfield (Read review)
6. “Endgame” @ Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge (Read review)
7. Laurie Anderson’s “Delusions” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy (Read review)
8. “Our Town” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown (Read review)
9. “Sweeney Todd” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield (Read review)
10. “Betrayal” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany (Read review)

Honorable mentions:
Bread & Puppet Theater’s “Dirt Cheap Money Cabaret” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson (Read review)
“Spring Awakening” @ Proctors, Schenectady (Read review)

OUTSTANDING PREMIERES:
“The Last Goodbye” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival
“The Whipping Man” @ Barrington Stage Co.

OUTSTANDING FILM/THEATER FUSION:
Laurie Anderson’s “Delusion” @ EMPAC at RPI
SUE-C & Laetita Sonami’s “Sheepspace” @ Filament at EMPAC at RPI
Brent Green’s “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” @ EMPAC at RPI

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES:
“A Delicate Balance” @ Berkshire Theatre Festival
Dan Hurlin’s “Disfarmer” @ MASS MoCA
“33 Variations” @ Capital Repertory Theatre

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES:
Jo Lampert in “The Last Goodbye” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage
Jonathan Hogan in “A Delicate Balance” @ Berkshire Theatre Festival
Clarke Peters in “The Whipping Man” @ Barrington Stage Co. Stage II
Eileen Schuyler in “33 Variations” @ Capital Repertory Theatre
David Chandler in “Endgame” at Berkshire Theatre Festival
Harriet Harris in “Sweeney Todd” @ Barrington Stage Co.
Taylor Trensch in “Spring Awakening” @ Proctors

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to greg@nippertown.com

THE 2010 LIST OF LISTS:
Best Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists of 2010: Art:21
Best Albums of the Year: Spin Magazine
Most Disappointing Capital Region Concert Cancellations of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Television Commercials of the Year: TV Squad
Best Feature Films of the Year: Roger Ebert
Best Albums of the Year: Brian Patneaude
Best TV Character Deaths of the Year: Entertainment Weekly
Best Viral Videos of the Year: Videogum
Best Albums & Best Selling Albums of the Year: Billboard
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s J Hunter
Best Country Albums: The Boot
Best Albums of the Year: WEXT’s Chris Wienk
Best TV Music Moments of the Year: Treble
Best Book Covers of the Year: The L Magazine
Best Folk Albums of the Year: About.com Guide
Best Albums of the Year: We Are Not a Rock Band
Best Movies of the Year: Christian Science Monitor
Best Television Shows of the Year: Channel Surfing
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Andrzej Pilarczyk
Best Music Videos of the Year: IFC
Best Books of the Year: The New York Times Book Review
Best Live Acts of the Year: Paste Magazine
Best Poetry Books of the Year: Dan Chiasson of The New Yorker
Best Albums of the Year: Andy Maroney
Best Movie Titles of the Year That Sounded Like Porn, But, Alas, Were Not Porn: Movieline
Best DVDs of the Year: Rolling Stone
Best Albums of the Year: NME
Best Fiction of the Year: Salon
Best Jazz Albums of the Year: A Blog Supreme
Best Albums of the Year: Tim Livingston
Best Albums of the Year: Filter Magazine
Best Albums of the Year: Mojo Magazine

One thought on “Best Theater of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes”

  1. Patrick White says:

    Great list. What’s on it that I saw (5 shows) I enjoyed immensely as well. That alone makes me want to see the other 5 you liked. 7 from the Berkshires on a site called Nippertown? The number of outstanding performances could be 3 times as long. I look forward to reading more.

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