Best Of 2017

BEST NEW THEATER COMPANY: Lab Theater Project

BEST NEW THEATER COMPANY

The latest addition to the Bay area theater scene is the Lab Theater Project, run by Tampa resident Owen Robertson and putting up plays at Ybor City’s Silver Meteor Gallery. Robertson sees his company as a place where Hillsborough and Pinellas writers can hone their craft, risk some experiments — and maybe delight us. In a city that tends not to support its local playwrights, the Lab could turn out to be important, even indispensable. Some towns have theaters devoted to local scribes; Tampa’s not one of them. More power to the Lab; and more success! —Mark Leib