It was a difficult year for theater in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Plantation's Mosaic Theatre, whose sudden closure was announced this month, was the third quality company to shutter for various reasons, after the Caldwell in Boca Raton and the Promethean in Davie. Luckily, Delray's Theatre at Arts Garage and Boca's Parade Productions and Outre Theatre Company have begun moving forward.
By contrast, Miami's theaters appeared to be solid. The news in the 305 was only positive: New Theatre began its first full season in its attractive, spacious new home at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, and the PlayGround Theatre rebranded itself as the adult theater company Miami Theater Center to mount its first production, an inventive take on Chekhov's Three Sisters.
Indeed, 2012 spawned more than ten new works in the Magic City, mostly from hardworking local playwrights such as Mark Della Ventura (Small Membership and Roomies), Michael McKeever (Moscow), Antonio Amadeo (A Man Puts on a Play), David Michael Sirois (Off Center of Nowhere), and Juan C. Sanchez (Property Line).
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Yet the year's best productions are largely made up of recent hits on Broadway and elsewhere, produced exceptionally by South Florida's finest companies. What follows is New Times' rating of the top shows, with number one being the absolute finest.