BEST THEATER FOR DRAMA Minneapolis 2007 - Children's Theatre Company
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.