Best Theater in Boston


American Repertory Theater


This season has continued to justify A.R.T.’s rise to a theater of national prominence. Under artistic director Diane Paulus, it sent both Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812Read More

2016 Best Theater, Fringe

Gold Dust Orphans

Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans have been lampooning classic films with their blistering wit and gender-bending style for nearly two decades, and their productions get tighter and funnier...Read More

2015 Best Theater



ArtsEmerson certainly brings the world to its stages. This season alone, it hosted acrobatic feats from Montreal’s troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main in Traces; Isabella Rossellini in her...Read More

2015 Best Theater, Fringe

Company One Theatre


Let’s get one thing straight: Fringe isn’t synonymous with small. In fact, the fringe companies in town are all about big ideas, big risks, and big heart, none more so...Read More

2014 Best Theater

Huntington Theatre Company


Boston theater is humming on high thanks to its two biggest companies, both of which send shows to Broadway and garner Tony nominations and awards. But while the American Repertory...Read More

2013 Best Theater

Huntington Theatre Company


Sure, the A.R.T. may have finished strong this year with the widely acclaimed Pippin, but the Huntington’s shining season earned it a Tony for best regional theater. Its offerings included...Read More

2013 Best Theater, Children's

Boston Children’s Theatre


The BCT could play it safe. Instead, it offers outside-the-box productions, like Reflections of a Rock Lobster, about a gay teen’s fight to bring his date to the prom, and...Read More

2012 Best Theater


With its three venues—the Cutler Majestic, the Paramount Mainstage, and the Jackie Liebergott Black Box—ArtsEmerson certainly dominates the Theater District, but its artistic reach goes far beyond the city. This...Read More

2012 Best Theater, Children's

Boston Children’s Theatre


The BCT ran classics like The Velveteen Rabbit this season, but we give the theater company a standing ovation for producing the world premiere of executive artistic director Burgess Clark’s...Read More

2011 Best Theater, Production

Petrushka at ArtsEmerson


Master puppeteer Basil Twist’s adaptation of Stravinsky’s ballet about a tragic love triangle among a clown, a ballerina, and a Moor managed to convey humanity and grace in the movement...Read More

2011 Best Theater

American Repertory Theatre


The A.R.T. has added major buzz to its stages, from Amanda Palmer’s work in Cabaret to a punk musical about Prometheus. Artistic director Diane Paulus has displayed the clout to...Read More

2007 Best Theater, Traditional

Boston Opera House


Attending a show here is not unlike sitting inside a gigantic inverted wedding cake. Three years after a painstaking $30 million restoration, the Opera House shines once again as the...Read More

2007 Best Theater, Alternative

Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway


A mediocre alternative theater is content to stage Brecht rip-offs and plumb the depths of existential mime. A great alternative theater like Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway hosts political fundraisers, film panel...Read More

2006 Best Theater, Berkshires

Williamstown Theatre Festival


Long lauded as one of the country’s best summer stages, the Williamstown Theatre Festival attracts rapt audiences and first-class talent; past performers include Gwyneth Paltrow and David Hyde Pierce. Since...Read More

2005 Best Theater, Alternative

Zero Arrow Theatre


This Harvard Square spot was designed for experimentation, and that’s exactly what the American Repertory Theatre is doing with its flexible, intimate new venue. The unadorned black-box design allows the...Read More

2005 Best Theater, Mainstream

The Opera House


Since it reopened with The Lion King last year, the restored Opera House hasn’t drawn the most inspiring of productions. But it does look great. The 2,600-seat theater is a...Read More

2005 Best Theater, Alternative, Berkshires

Barrington Stage Company


Once in a blue moon, a regional theater becomes a Broadway darling. That time is now for the Barrington Stage Company, whose 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee scored not...Read More

2005 Best Theater, Mainstream, Berkshires

Williamstown Theatre Festival


The quaint hamlet of Williamstown is where celebrities go to play; Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Marisa Tomei have graced the summer theater’s stage, for instance. Whether it’s offering Shakespeare...Read More

2004 Best Theater, Cape Cod

Provincetown Theater


Considered influential by everyone from Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill to Richard Gere, and known as nothing less than the birthplace of American drama, Provincetown has given its heady thespian...Read More

2000 Best Theater

Colonial Theatre


History repeating: After 100 years of trap doors, fake blood, and on-stage livestock, the Colonial Theatre is still luring Broadway hits to Beantown. Armed with layers of gold paint, all...Read More

1995 Best Theater, Unmitigated Disaster


American Repertory Theatre director Robert Brustein’s Demons. In a word: hellish...Read More

1995 Best Theater, Director

Kevin Fennessy

From Grapes of Wrath to Emil and the Detectives with nary a bump, Fennessy is quietly making his mark as one of the finest stage masters in town...Read More

1995 Best Theater District Restaurant



Chef Stephen Lancaster serves up imaginative food with accents from Asia, the Mediterranean, and his native Scotland. Bridget, his wife, is the talented pastry chef. The dining room is one...Read More

1994 Best Theater District Restaurant

Galleria Italiana


By day it’s a fast-food Italian eatery, but four nights a week Galleria Italiana is transformed into a trattoria, complete with background opera music and an Abruzzi-inspired menu. Try the...Read More

1993 Best Theater Company, Emerging

New Repertory Theater

Newton Highlands

During its first season, 1984-1985, it had 50 subscribers. Now it has about 3,300, treated to contemporary as well as classic drama. this year’s season will include Jar the Floor,...Read More

1989 Best Theater, Little

New Repertory Theatre

For three MBTA tokens to Newton Highlands, you might as well have been whisked away to England (Quartermaine’s Terms), South Africa (A Lesson from Aloes), and the Riviera (Private Lives)—theatrical...Read More

1988 Best Theater, Comeback

Twelfth Night

Without props, costumes, or sets, the Actors of the London Stage conjured up a Twelfth Night that Elizabethans would have understood and applauded...Read More

1988 Best Theater, Sound and Fury

Macbeth, Colonial

The backstage bickering during Christopher Plummer and Glenda Jackson’s disappointing Macbeth (Colonial)...Read More

1988 Best Theater, Escapist

Quartet, ART

Some playgoers escaped art Robert Wilson’s Quartet (ART), his sopoforic rendering of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by nodding off into dreamland; others escaped through the side exits...Read More

1984 Best Theater, Local Production

Mother Courage

The Boston Shakespeare Company brought Linda Hunt to the Hub...Read More

1982 Best Theater Dinner



We’re particularly fond of the caviar appetizers...Read More

1981 Best Theater, Repertory

Next Move Theatre


Happily, producing director Steven Warnick seems to have stabilized his company in its downtown home...Read More

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