Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Play

'Two Gentlemen of Verona' at Jungle Theater

Two Gentlemen of Verona, the all-female production that opened the Jungle Theater’s 2016 season, was a celebration of the pure joy of live performance. Amid a generational wave of leadership transitions across town, incoming artistic director Sarah Rasmussen’s first show at the Jungle felt like a decisive marker of a bright new era. The traditionally box-like stage was blown open with an abstract pink set. The fourth wall was neither seen nor felt as performers wandered among audience members, some of whom were seated onstage. Best of all, the diverse cast made gold with Shakespeare’s script, completely owning the sharp comedy while casting its problematic aspects in a new light. The actors’ delight was contagious, from the charming stars to the deadpan supporting players. The production made a case for both change and continuity, for theater as a living art.

Best Ensemble (2013) The Birthday Party at Jungle Theater

Best Large Theater (2009) The Jungle Theater

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION (2007) Last of the Boys

BEST STAGE DESIGN (2010) Joel Sass, the Jungle Theater

Best Theater (2017) Jungle Theater

Best Actor Randy Reyes

Best Actress Shelby Richardson

Best Art Crawl FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl

Best Art Gallery All My Relations Gallery

Best Art Supplies Art Materials

Best Author Louise Erdrich

Best Book (Fiction) 'Knockout' by John Jodzio

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'The King of Skid Row' by James Eli Shiffer

Best Bookstore (New) Milkweed Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Magers & Quinn

Best Choreographer Karen Sherman

Best Comedy Club Joke Joint Comedy Club

Best Dance Company TU Dance

Best Dance Performance James Sewell Ballet's 'Killer Pig'

Best Director Peter Rothstein

Best Fashion Designer Russell Bourrienne

Best Fashion Show Envision

Best Gallery Exhibition Lindsay Rhyner: "PRV's"

Best Movie Theater Showplace ICON Theatre at West End

Best Museum Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition Ken Gonzales-Day: "Shadowlands"

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Sisyphus Brewing

Best Public Art Erin Sayer's Prince stencils

Best Standup Comic Greg Coleman II

Best Theater Jungle Theater

Best Theater Troupe Sandbox Theatre