The year 2015 in San Diego theater—one to remember—challenged the mind, the senses and the heart. Here are the best of the best:
Come From Away, La Jolla Playhouse: No offering in 2015 packed the power and poignancy of this co-production between La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre. The Playhouse’s Christopher Ashley brilliantly directed the world-premiere musical that immersed audiences in the experiences of the passengers of 38 airliners who were forced to land on 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, and those of the townspeople who cared for them. Spouses Irene Sankoff and David Hein wrote the show, which deserves a Broadway run someday.
The Twenty-Seventh Man, Old Globe Theatre: Can a performance be a tour de force for three actors at the same time? Such was the case with Hal Linden, Ron Orbach and Robert Dorfman in Nathan Englander’s trenchant one-act play about three Soviet Jewish writers—victims of “The Night of the Murdered Poets” under Stalin’s regime. Tragic and intelligent, The Twenty-Seventh Man told an all-too-little known story with penetration, nuance and dignity—a