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Best of 2011: Many theater shows sure did grab the audience

Gretchen Egolf, left, and Myra Lucretia Taylor starred in the Barrington Stage production of “Going to St. Ives.” (photo: Scott Barrow)
Gretchen Egolf, left, and Myra Lucretia Taylor starred in the Barrington Stage production of “Going to St. Ives.” (photo: Scott Barrow)
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As a teacher of drama, I sometimes find it difficult to get off my academic high-horse and separate the elements of a play — themes, symbols, motifs, etc. — and ask myself if a play I’m seeing is a really good show. Does the production cohere? Does it grab the audience? Does it, above all, entertain? This past season left nothing to be desired. In consultation with fellow theater reviewers Paul Lamar and Matthew G. ...

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