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Philip Seidman’s Picks for the Best of Theatre in 2010

BRIEF ENCOUNTER was the breakout hit from London that transformed Noël Coward’s classic tale of forbidden passion into a jaw-dropping fusion of whimsical humor, dreamy romance and stunning multimedia effects. Using elements of the beloved film and the play on which it was based, along with song and dance, this ingenious new work is adapted and directed by Emma Rice.

In BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, rising star BENJAMIN WALKER reprised his role as America’s first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States-who cares if he didn’t have permission? An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON recreates and reinvents the life of “Old Hickory,” from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he’s really, really hot
This December, Invisible City Theatre Company brought us an intimate and intense production of NO EXIT, the classic existential play by Jean-Paul Sartre. This bare-bones production relied solely on the emotional and intellectual talents of its cast, where three deceased individuals are locked in a room for eternity, prompting Sartre’s most famous quote “Hell is other people”.