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Stage faves: HRM’s best plays of 2011 

The Coast’s leading lady in theatre somehow narrows down the best in show from the last year

Stephanie MacDonald of Fringe Hit  Short Skirt Butch
  • Stephanie MacDonald of Fringe Hit Short Skirt Butch

10. Cabaret (Dartmouth Players) was my favourite show by an amateur theatre company, but I also loved Be My Baby (DP), Private Lives (Bedford Players) and Captain Hook's Revenge (TAG).

9. The Passion of Adèle Hugo (Eastern Front Theatre): An original musical with a local connection that wowed.

8. Saltwater Moon (King's Theatrical Society): Creative staging took this romantic standard from sweet to sensational. Also in the university category, The March (Dalhousie Theatre Society): a powerfully disturbing play about the Holocaust that still haunts me.

7. Epic in a Box (Lohifi): What can I say? Found-object theatre gives me a lovely warm fuzzy feeling.

6. Short Skirt Butch: Just one of the outstanding plays at this year's outstanding Fringe, but a sexy, funny, memorable one.

5. Rent (DGM Music Inc.): A big, bold production filled with youthful enthusiasm and mad talent.

4. On the Verge (Once Upon A Theatre Collective): Funny, feminist, finely performed theatre by one of Halifax's young companies to watch.

3. Dracula and Robin Hood (Shakespeare By the Sea): Two sensational but very different plays, proving the depth and breadth of this local treasure.

2. A tie! Vigil (Valley Summer Theatre): So funny. So dark. And Bingo! (Mulgrave Road Theatre): Daniel MacIvor's reunion comedy was filled with lots of laughs and terrific performances.

1. Russian Play/Mexico City (2b theatre): Complex and satisfying, 2b creates theatre that delivers on multiple levels.

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