Best Of 2006

Best Theater Company: Tie: Jobsite Theater and Stageworks

Both of these theaters have become essential to the Tampa Bay area, and both amply deserve to be considered this year’s “best.” Jobsite’s season offered plays of Off-Broadway quality like Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune — one could hardly imagine a better production of this work — Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, Edward Albee’s scandalous The Goat, and Dario Fo’s We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! Meanwhile Stageworks continued to bring us plays of international significance — Caryl Churchill’s A Number and Molière’s The Miser — along with stateside hits like Diana Son’s Stop Kiss, in a riveting production, and Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories. If you care about serious theater, you’ve got to love these two companies.