BEST THEATER COMPANY (1999)
All right, maybe their recent Macbeth didn't go over so well. We still think you're better assured of quality theater at the Jungle than anywhere else in town. This troupe is responsible for many of the most heralded productions in the last several years (Bus Stop, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The House of Blue Leaves), and although last season was cut short by untimely eviction, the smooth, chilling revival of Dial M for Murder was one of the year's best. Directors don't come much better than Bain Boehlke, who manipulates onstage tension and develops his characters so deftly that even the most familiar scripts seem fresh and immediate. In 1999, the Jungle's inaugural season in their new just-in-time-for-the-millennium space, they are giving us a season that combines classics like William Inge's Picnic and Macbeth with two works by local playwrights: Kira Obolensky's Lobster Alice and Tossin' Junk by Megan Grundy. And there's a good bet that any given season will feature local hero Kevin Kling in some way or another--who, really, could be the best theater company on his own.