Best theater of 2022: So many L.A. brilliant spots in L.A. regardless of a difficult 12 months

Simply once you assume issues are about to enhance, the fact of what we’ve been coping with sinks in. Let’s not disguise the reality: 2022 was a bruiser, economically and emotionally.

We had been advised by the president that we’re previous the pandemic, however we’re nonetheless getting sick and too many are nonetheless dying. Theaters slowly returned to full programming, but the behavior of theatergoing hasn’t been straightforward to restart. Masks turned non-compulsory, however this versatile coverage solely created extra cognitive dissonance.

After I look again, nonetheless, I’m startled by the 12 months’s theatrical richness. There have been too many distinctive native productions for me to make room for Broadway highlights. However let me simply say that Michael R. Jackson’s groundbreaking “A Strange Loop,” Lea Michele’s tour de pressure in “Funny Girl” and, what’s for me the perfect play of the 12 months, Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt,” can be on the prime of my record.

There have been additionally a number of top-notch theater books that deserve a shout-out. Isaac Butler’s “The Method: How the 20th Century Learned to Act,” Mary Rodgers and Jesse Inexperienced’s “Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers,” Carey Perloff’s “Pinter and Stoppard: A Director’s View” and D.T. Max’s “Finale: Late Conversations With Stephen Sondheim” pulsated with theatrical sensibility and perception into the artwork kind.

However with out additional ado, these are the treasures (in alphabetical order) of my 2022 SoCal theatergoing.