Best Of 2013

Best director: Todd Olson

Best director

Olson was skillful last season with every sort of play, from the deeply serious Wit to the half-farce, half drama Hysteria, to the poetic and evocative When the World Was Green. His work on Wit was emblematic: he made no effort to disguise the pain that protagonist Vivian Bearing was enduring as she went through eight punishing rounds of chemotherapy, and he carefully brought us the play’s lighter moments without ever succumbing to the temptation to deny the distress at the drama’s center. Stunning.