Columbus' theatre and performing arts community is known for risk-taking, imagination and quality. Here is a, if not "Top," then "Representative 10" from 2015.

Columbus' theatre and performing arts community is known for risk-taking, imagination and quality. Here is a, if not "Top," then "Representative 10" from 2015.

"THE GREAT ONE"

January at the Garden Theater Green Room

Timed perfectly to Columbus hosting the NHL All-Star Game, this original one-act musical comedy was set in an imaginary Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, bar following the 1988 trade of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings.

"THE THEATER IS A BLANK PAGE"

April at Wexner Center

Two artists with extensive histories with the Wexner - multidisciplinary visual Ann Hamilton and the vanguard SITI Company - combined for an adventurous theatrical experience.

"YANK: THE MUSICAL"

May-June at Evolution Theatre

Columbus' LGBTQA Theatre Company spun this World War II-era piece to find two male soldiers in love. Derived directly from recollections from real gay, lesbian and straight WWII service members.

"ANNE: DIARY IN DANCE"

May at Columbus Dance Theatre

A world premiere from artistic director Tim Veach, "Anne," based on Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl," featured sets incorporating text from the book and an original score by violinist Charles Wetherbee.

"THRILL ME"

June at Short North Stage

This two-man musical provided a look inside the minds of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two young, highly-intelligent and wealthy gay men who committed a "thrill killing" in 1924. Not a retelling of events, "Thrill Me" examined the pair's lack of humanity.

"THE TENSHU"

October at Shadowbox Live

"The Tenshu," an epic, East-meets-West rock musical with elements of Kabuki and anime, was the most risky, most aggressive, most collaborative and most massive production in the company's history.

"REDEFINING TRADITION"

October at Columbus Jazz Orchestra

The CJO opened its 2015-2016 season with a tribute to trumpeter Clark Terry, a master player and teacher (CJO's Byron Stripling among those he mentored) who passed away earlier in the year. The concerts featured music from the Ellington and Basie catalogs (Terry played in both) as well as a world premiere.

"SEMI-FAME"

November at Garden Theater Green Room

A local creative/production team presented this world premiere work about a truck driver who dreams of Broadway stardom. Plaid work shirts, trucker hats, country music and throwback CB radio jargon, good buddy.

"DEDALUS: A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST"

November at Available Light Theatre

The classic James Joyce novel received a radically updated treatment in this new adaptation by Matt Slaybaugh. Stephen Dedalus was played by nine different actors of various ages, sexes and races, navigating the dreams and memories of a blossoming artistic soul.

"PETER AND THE STARCATCHER"

December at CATCO

A fine year for CATCO capped off with this ingenious staging of this Dave Barry/Ridley Pearson tale of the Peter Pan backstory. Congruently zany, heartwarming and philosophical, "Peter" boasted clever use of actors in multiple roles and all-hands-on-deck staging.