Best Of 2016

Best theater company: freeFALL THEATER

Best theater company

When it came to gorgeous productions featuring stellar talent and top-quality design, there was no other theater in the Bay area last season quite like freeFall. Under the demanding lead of Eric Davis, this St. Petersburg venue brought us seven first-rate shows in 2015-2016, among them the exceedingly excellent Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies, Our Town, Sondheim on Sondheim, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, and The Pirates of Penzance. Often featuring Davis’s outsize skills as director, the superb contributions of company actors Nick Lerew and Kelly Pekar, and the top-drawer musical direction of Michael Raabe, freeFall abundantly lived up to every promise it made at its inception eight years ago. freefalltheatre.com. —Mark Leib