Best New Theater District - 2010
New York's theater districts have always been fluid. Broadway, in the 1870s, was actually located around Union Square. The "downtown" alternative theater that was based in the Village and Soho from the 1960s to the 1990s is now scattered all around New York, chased out by real estate pressures. The passing of a theater district is always cause for mourning, but theater is damn wily and has a pleasing habit of cropping up in some new area—sort of like Whac-a-Mole, but with Ibsen heads instead. Our newest favorite theater zone has risen over the past couple years in a locale that requires both tickets and life jackets. Audiences have experienced 12-hour Dostoyevsky marathons, the work of auteur director Ivo van Hove, and sometimes a little seasickness in their visits to that peculiar new rialto known as Governors Island. Indeed, a ferry across the harbor is pretty much your only travel option to the converted Coast Guard warehouses that have been hosting shows like those in last summer's Lincoln Center Festival. But that's really part of the fun. Because if there's one thing the avant-garde has needed a bit more of, it's sea spray.