Best Theater Company - 2010
The Jewish Theatre San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94110
The Traveling Jewish Theatre is itinerant no more. Founded in 1978, the company began by roaming to dozens of cities worldwide before establishing a venue of its own at San Francisco's Project Artaud Studios in 1994. Last fall, the theater finally changed its name to acknowledge its status both as a permanent fixture in the Mission and as a major player in the local arts scene. It's now the Jewish Theatre San Francisco — and while the name may have changed, the theater hasn't. The company opened its 2009-2010 season with a smart exploration of the affinities between vaudeville and hip-hop, continued with a puppet show about the Holocaust, and closed with a one-man comedy about Andy Warhol's influence on the Jews. Even if you don't love everything the Jewish Theatre does, you have to admire its singular devotion to producing some of the most fiercely inventive shows in town.