Best Of 2004

Best Theater Company: Beck Center

Plenty of theater groups these days play it safe, especially when they rely on a core audience of older patrons, whose theatrical tastes may not be terribly edgy. But for the past season at the Beck Center, Artistic Director Scott Spence put together an energetic and at times risky slate of shows -- ranging from a superb Seagull to the rollicking Reefer Madness -- which defied easy characterization. Scott found the balance between family-oriented crowd-pleasers, such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and issue-oriented pieces, such as the gay-themed Jeffrey.

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