Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Theater

Jungle Theater

The 2016 season marked the Jungle Theater’s first year under its second-ever artistic director. Sarah Rasmussen didn’t waste any time making every production a must-see, curating a diverse season that opened the theater’s doors to new artists, new work, and new audiences. Every show was thought-provoking and visually striking, taking great advantage of the theater’s chamber-scale stage. The joyous all-female Two Gentlemen of Verona opened the season, followed by the fascinating Constellations, and the moving summertime show Le Switch, a premiere play about gay marriage. Bars and Measures examined music and social justice, centered on black Americans’ experiences. The season closer, The Oldest Boy, became a daring meditation on faith and ritual in a Tibetan-American family. Rasmussen has found a new range for this local institution to explore, making the Jungle more essential than ever.

Readers’ Choice: Guthrie Theater

Best Ensemble (2013) The Birthday Party at Jungle Theater

Best Large Theater (2009) The Jungle Theater

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION (2007) Last of the Boys

BEST STAGE DESIGN (2010) Joel Sass, the Jungle Theater

Best Play (2017) 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' at Jungle Theater

Best Actor Randy Reyes

Best Actress Shelby Richardson

Best Art Crawl FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl

Best Art Gallery All My Relations Gallery

Best Art Supplies Art Materials

Best Author Louise Erdrich

Best Book (Fiction) 'Knockout' by John Jodzio

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'The King of Skid Row' by James Eli Shiffer

Best Bookstore (New) Milkweed Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Magers & Quinn

Best Choreographer Karen Sherman

Best Comedy Club Joke Joint Comedy Club

Best Dance Company TU Dance

Best Dance Performance James Sewell Ballet's 'Killer Pig'

Best Director Peter Rothstein

Best Fashion Designer Russell Bourrienne

Best Fashion Show Envision

Best Gallery Exhibition Lindsay Rhyner: "PRV's"

Best Movie Theater Showplace ICON Theatre at West End

Best Museum Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition Ken Gonzales-Day: "Shadowlands"

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Sisyphus Brewing

Best Play 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' at Jungle Theater

Best Public Art Erin Sayer's Prince stencils

Best Standup Comic Greg Coleman II

Best Theater Troupe Sandbox Theatre