Best Theater Troupe
Transatlantic Love Affair
Transatlantic Love Affair is an ensemble from top to bottom. It's not just that the company creates each of its often moving, always intriguing works as a team. It's that they then work as a unit for the staging. There are no sets or props at a TLA show. The actors create all of that on their own. Do you need a door? A couple of performers not in the current scene can make that, complete with a "creeeeeaaak" as it is opened and closed. It's more than something fun to watch. By using only their bodies and voices (usually joined by an onstage musician), they ensure that all of our focus goes to the performers — and the story they are trying to tell. Company masterminds Isabel Nelson and Diogo Lopes guide TLA with sure hands, telling unusual and unique stories (2015 included a blood-drenched Prohibition tale and a modern-riff on Eurydice) that are as moving as they are brilliant.