What Would Be on Your “Best of 2011” List for the Fountain Theatre?

The end of another year is upon us. With the year-end parties and New Year resolutions come the flurry from Los Angeles theater critics of “Best of 2011” lists. The Fountain is pleased to appear on several. Which Fountain plays and artists would be on your “Best of 2011” list?

Jenny O'Hara and Nick Ullett in "Bakerfield Mist"

The Fountain produced two plays in 2011: the west coast premiere of  Tennessee Williams‘ rarely seen A House Not Meant to Stand, and the long-running world premiere of Bakersfield Mist written and directed by Stephen Sachs. Both productions drew critical acclaim and have already been honored with awards and nominations.

The Critics’ Lists: “Best of 2011”

The Huffington Post named BOTH Fountain productions to its Top LA Theater Productions list:

  • A House Not Meant to Stand – “There is no better interpreter of Williams than director Simon Levy … a stunning performance by Sandy Martin.”
  • Bakersfield Mist – “A dynamic two-hander … O’Hara and Ullett are sensational … It’s no surprise the play is being mounted in other theatres across the U.S. and has been optioned for the West End and New York.”

The LA Weekly cited Bakersfield Mist as one of the “Top 10 LA Theater Experiences of 2011“.  

Sandy Martin in "A House Not Meant to Stand".

On its list of “The Best in LA Theatre for 2011 BroadwayWorld named Bakersfield Mist  as a Top Production, and acknowledged Sandy Martin (House Not Meant to Stand) and Jenny O’Hara/Nick Ullett (Bakersfield Mist) as Top Lead Performances, Virginia Newcomb/Lisa Richards (House Not Meant to Stand) for Featured Performances.

Colin Mitchell at Bitter Lemons named Bakersfield Mist to his Honorable Mention list, stating it “may turn out to be one of the most successful shows to come out of the small theatre scene in Los Angeles in a very long time.”

Let’s hope that next year proves him right.

What was your favorite favorite play at the Fountain in 2011? Favorite performance by a Fountain actor? Favorite moment or strongest memory at the Fountain in 2011?

Leave your comment! And Happy New Year!

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