Best Of 2015

Best Theater Company: Jobsite Theater

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

This past year, Jobsite Theater brought the Bay area successful productions of more plays of real substance than any other local house. There was a remarkably intelligent version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, set in 1920s Ybor City and featuring top actors like Maggie Mularz, Giles Davies, Roxanne Fay, and Ned Averill-Snell. Then there was Annapurna, in which Paul Potenza and Angela Bond sought desperately to make sense of the past and redeem the present. In The Last Night of Ballyhoo, a family of German-Jewish descent had to contend with a host of problems, including its own prejudice against Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe; and in Orlando, Sarah Ruhl translated Virginia Woolf’s parable about time travel and gender shift into an exquisite (all right, too exquisite) experience of theater magic. Under David Jenkins’s inspired leadership, Jobsite has become a real treasure, indispensable to our arts scene.