This category used to be called Best Play Seen in St. Louis, the implication being that a local production probably wouldn't be the best. This year, we're picking two bests, one imported and one homegrown, not comparing but acknowledging them as different, noncompeting creatures. In this first category, the big event of the year was the stop at the Fox by the Tony Award-winning Death of a Salesman,
starring Brian Dennehy. It deserved all the praise heaped upon it and gave St. Louisans a chance to see several great performances in a historic production of a still-vital play. Another notable visitor was the SITI Company's War of the Worlds
, part of the Edison Theatre's Ovations! Series, which was as ambitious and as multifaceted as its subject, Orson Welles.