Hands down, the best production mounted locally was the St. Louis Repertory Studio Theatre's Dinner with Friends
, Steve Woolf's flawless interpretation of Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. This was theater at its best: no gimmicks or blockbuster sets, just a great, close-to-the bone script and four talented actors in a poignant, funny and realistic snapshot of modern relationships. The Rep Studio also scored with the quirky Women Who Steal
; upstairs, Inherit the Wind
was an old-fashioned barn-burner of a play. Also top-notch were the St. Louis Black Repertory Company's searing production of Jitney
and the hilarious Popcorn
at the HotHouse Theatre.