Best Of 2007

BEST THEATER COMPANY: Jobsite Theater

BEST THEATER COMPANY: Jobsite Theater

In a little less than 10 years, Jobsite has become the closest thing to a top Off-Broadway theater that the Bay area has to offer. Artistic director David Jenkins and his clever board of directors have an uncanny ability to find important and demanding plays: How did they know to program Jean-Claude van Itallie’s avant-garde The Serpent in the same season with Neil LaBute’s uncompromising This is How it Goes and Alan Ayckbourn’s undervalued tour de force Woman in Mind? How did they know that audiences would turn out for the scorching Pillowman and David Rabe’s withering Hurlyburly? While the productions put on by other local theaters last season were hit-and-miss, Jobsite shows were consistently first-rate. If you believed in theater as an art form, if you looked to stage plays to provide you not just with entertainment but with illumination, Jobsite had to be your destination. Bay area culture wouldn’t be the same without it.

1010 N. MacInnes Place, 813-229-STAR, jobsitetheater.org.