Best Dramatic Destination
For Palm Beach Dramaworks, 15 is a lucky number. The West Palm Beach theater company’s fifteenth season was the apex of a journey that began in 2000, when Dramaworks was formed with the mission to present “theater to think about” through Broadway-worthy works.
Elizabeth Dimon and Margery Lowe in Our Town. | Photo by Alicia Donelan
Starting with Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and ending with the nouveau musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, this year’s season covered a variety of eras, themes, and theatrical styles with panache. The company’s production of Israel Horovitz’s comedy My Old Lady starred Estelle Parsons and was its highest-grossing show ever, while its interpretation of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child was simply bone chilling. Throughout it all, Dramaworks augmented its main-stage offerings—presented at the Don and Ann Brown Theatre on Clematis Street, its home since 2011—with educational programs like the Dramalogue Talking Theatre, a discussion series with theater professionals, and the new Dramaworkshop, a program for developing works by established and novice playwrights alike. Can Palm Beach Dramaworks top its fifteenth season? We’ll be watching.
Don and Ann Brown Theatre on Clematis Street
Best Pre-Play Bite
You have tickets in hand and time to kill before curtain rises—what do you do? Stop by the adjacent Paneterie, of course. Conceived by chef Patrick Lézé and the dining group behind Pistache French Bistro, this stop-and-go patisserie and coffee bar serves up all forms of French goodies, including macarons, tarts, and eclairs. In the mood for something heartier? Paneterie also makes gourmet sandwiches and salads with a French flair. Just don’t skip dessert.