Best Of 2011

BEST PLAY: Yellowman

Jobsite Theater’s production of Dael Orlandersmith’s play was so honest, it hurt. As directed by the prodigiously talented Karla Hartley, Fanni Green and Jim Wicker were dark-skinned Alma and “high yellow” Eugene, African Americans trying to navigate intra-racial prejudice in late 20th-century South Carolina. Can theater really be cathartic? Yes — and luminous.