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BEST THEATER COMPANY
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte

Staff Pick

A repeat winner. Without the hearty support of the Arts & Science Council, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte made its 20th season a true milestone. Along with the usual surpassing excellence of Lieutenant of Inishmore, Rabbit Hole, and Blue and successful remounts of Santaland Diaries and Bat Boy, Actor’s Theatre surpassed itself with the world premiere of Eric Coble’s Southern Rapture. Powered by a private grant of $50,000 — more than the ASC has granted Actor’s Theatre for any of its 20 excellent seasons (or the 2009-10 season ahead) — Rapture comically and perceptively revisited the Angels in America fiasco of 1996, spattering satire on liberals, conservatives and religious wackos with equal glee. The effort served as a winning application for admission into the National New Play Network, an elite group of 26 regional theaters that has more of my respect than our ASC, which is doling out a whopping 2.2 percent of its 2009 fund drive to adult and community theater in the Char-Meck area.
650 E. Stonewall St.
704-342-2251.

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