This Week on Broadway for December 30, 2018: The Best of 2018


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss the best theater of 2018.


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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His columns appear at MTIMasterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at


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What was the best theater in 2018?

Peter Filichia:

4:20 Louisa Thompson, Set Designer: Elevator Repair Service: Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf

5:00 Lizzie Clachan, Set Designer: Yerma @ Park Avenue Armory

6:10 Catherine Zuber, Costume design: My Fair Lady (LCT), and Moulin Rouge (Boston pre-Broadway)

13:22 Kara Young in The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d @ Duke on 42nd

14:04 Alexa Shae Niziak in The Thing With Feathers (The Barrow Group, 312 West 36th Street)

15:44 Finn Douglas in The Costume (part of Inner Voices series)

19:47 Choreography by Brian J. Marcum in Freaky Friday @ Music Theater Wichita

20:24 King Kong
Lighting Design by Peter Mumford
Projection Design by Peter England
Video & Projection Imaging Content by Artists in Motion

21:30 Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine by Lynn Nottage at Signature Theatre (NY) with Cherise Boothe

21:51 Hangmen @ Atlantic Theater Company with Reece Shearsmith

22:25 Jaren Mullen in One Man, Two Guvnors at International Thespian Festival in Lincoln Nebraska

23:04 Tom Souhrada in Popcorn Falls by James Hindman at Davenport Theatre

23:33 Laurie Metcalf in Three Tall Women

24:08 Sustained Excellence: The Play That Goes Wrong with Preston Truman Boyd

30:45 Will Roland in Be More Chill

31:06 Tony Yazbeck in The Beast in the Jungle @ Vineyard Theatre

31:30 Mark Sonnenblick in Midnight at The Never Get @ York Theatre Company

32:32 Book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin: The Prom

32:40 Peter Mills and Cara Reichel: The Hello Girls

33:00 Book by Thomas Meehan and Nell Benjamin: Dave @ Arena Stage (Washington DC)

33:25 Aaron Sorkin: To Kill a Mockingbird with Celia Keenan-Bolger

38:45 Anika Noni Rose in Carmen Jones @ CSC

39:03 Bernadette Peters in Hello Dolly

39:30 Kate Marilley goes on in The Prom

42:22 Heidi Schreck: What the Constitution Means to Me

45:17 Angels in America (both parts)

46:20 The Boys in the Band

53:25 Mint Theater Company | Lost Plays Found Here, Jonathan Bank. Artistic Director

1:04:36 Daniel Devlin directing teens in Follies at Westfield (NJ) High School

1:05:25 Desperate Measures

1:05:55 Pygmalion @ Bedlam

1:06:10 Sam Gibbs in Beowulf @ SoHo Playhouse (Fringe Encores)

1:10:05 Bryan Cranston in Network

1:10:55 Lois Smith in There’s No Peace in Peace for Mary Frances @ The New Group

1:11:20 Review: A Blistering Billie Piper Unravels Brilliantly in ‘Yerma’


Michael Portantiere:

5:54 Scenic Design by Rob Howell, The Ferryman

5:59 Scenic Design by Jan Versweyveld, Network

7:20 The Pirates of Penzance @ New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

10:02 Slave Play @ NYTW

12:17 The Lifespan of a Fact

12:21 American Son

17:42 Sea View Playwright’s Theatre: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Staten Island)

25:05 Mike Birbiglia: The New One

25:30 The Prom

27:30 Fiddler in Yiddish (from Museum of Jewish Heritage, moving to Stage 42)

48:10 The Men from the Boys (Sequel to The Boys in the Band)

53:50 Hindle Wakes @ Mint Theater Company

54:55 Encores: Grand Hotel

1:08:15 West Side Story @ Professional Performing Arts School

1:08:30 Wagner College production of Hair

1:09:06 Wagner College student production of Spring Awakening

1:09:19 Hairspray at Argyle Theater

1:09:30 Passion @ Signature Theatre (VA)


Other 2018 Lists:

The 10 Best Theater Productions of 2018 Vigorous new lives for old Greeks, pioneer Oklahomans, and American Legion speechifying. By Sara Holdren

10. Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet
9. The Birds
8. Angels in America
7. Fairview
57:07 6. Dance Nation
5. Ballyturk
4. Yerma
3. Travesties
2. Oklahoma!
1. What the Constitution Means to Me

58:40 Theater Review: The Good Intentions of American Son By Sara Holdren


The top ten theater productions of 2018 By Adam Feldman

57:07 1. Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons, closed July 1)
2. Three Tall Women (Golden Theatre, closed June 24)
3. The Ferryman (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, through July 7)
4. Fairview (Soho Rep, closed Aug 12)
5. Oklahoma! (St. Ann’s Warehouse, closed Nov 11, returns Mar 19)
6. The Low Road (Public Theater, closed Apr 8)
52:35  7. Uncle Vanya (Hunter Theater Project, closed Nov 18)
8. Angels in America (Neil Simon Theatre, closed July 11)
9. Slave Play (New York Theatre Workshop, through Jan 13)
10. Catch as Catch Can (New Ohio Theatre, closed Nov 17)
BONUS: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Lyric Theatre, open run)
Honorable mentions:
Fiddler on the Roof
Is God Is
Jerry Springer—The Opera
My Fair Lady
The New One
The Waverly Gallery
What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Theater of 2018 By Ben Brantley and Jesse Green


‘Angels in America’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’
37:15 ‘Carmen Jones’ and ‘Oklahoma!’
57:07 ‘Dance Nation’
‘The Ferryman’
‘Is God Is’
‘Lobby Hero’ and ‘The Waverly Gallery’
52:35 ‘Uncle Vanya’


‘Three Tall Women’
‘My Fair Lady’
‘Pass Over’
‘The Sound Inside’
52:35 ‘Uncle Vanya’
‘What the Constitution Means to Me’
‘Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future’

35:50 Why ‘Girl From the North Country,’ with Dylan songbook, is the best musical of 2018 By Peter Marks

Feel like screaming? Head to the theater. By Peter Marks





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