The Top Ten Miami Plays and Musicals of 2013

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This past year saw a decline in the number of productions mounted by small and mid-sized troupes, so it's only natural that our countdown of 2013's best regional productions is dominated by three of our most consistently rewarding companies. Here it is:

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10. Agnes of God
Having seen this ascetic, fact-based play about a novice nun and the dead baby that winds up in her wastebasket a few seasons earlier at Palm Beach Dramaworks, I wasn't frothing for another production so soon. But New Theatre nailed it. Its spartan production felt raw, haunting, and still of-the-moment, with exceptional mood lighting and a psychologically inspired set design.

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9. Making God Laugh
This recent winner from Actors' Playhouse, working from an imperfect script by Sean Grennan, rose above its problems to create an engaging and relatable study of a family's mutating relations over four decades. Angie Radosh delivered another performance full of nuance and power, but she was only the head of an exceptional table: Like most of the productions on this list, the casting was key, and words like "perfect" don't do it justice.



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