You'd be forgiven for not keeping up with every show CTC opened last year. Between the main stage and the Cargill stage for teen shows, the production list numbered nearly a dozen. What's startling is how many of these shows were developed for CTC: Greg Banks's high-wire adaptation of Antigone, Whit McLaughlin's Prom, Naomi Iizuka's Anon, Lisa D'Amour's Tales of a West Texas Marsupial Girl. And while we admire the energy of any theater that opts to stage this much work, a solid three-quarters of the shows were very good, with a sizable fraction of that number falling into the must-see category. The productions for younger audiences tackled themes of displacement (Anon), immigration (Esperanza Rising), alienation (Marsupial Girl), and racism (The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963)—all without pandering for a moment. And CTC's work for teens (including the live debut of High School Musical!) has been buoyant and artful enough to make us want to revisit adolescence. Which is saying a lot.

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