Best Of 2016

Best play: JITNEY, AMERICAN STAGE

Best play

This early August Wilson play is superficially about a gypsy cab company in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and the eight men and one woman who regularly pass through its doors. But as directed by L. Peter Callender in a luminous American Stage production, it was about much more: the drive for love, work, and dignity, the anguish of facing life’s harsher realities, the weight of the past, the prospect of better times. Showing us nine outsize personalities struggling within the most constricting of facts, the play offered a view of even the humblest human being as inexplicably beautiful, valuable, unique. What a great heart, August Wilson! americanstage.org. —Mark Leib