Best Theater With a View


After operating out of a succession of temporary spaces, this DUMBO institution reopened last fall in its permanent home, the renovated Tobacco Warehouse at 45 Water Street. St. Ann’s may now have the most picturesque location of any theater in the city, with spectacular views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline right outside its doors, which open onto Brooklyn Bridge Park. The new building was definitely worth the wait. Oh — and the actual theater isn’t bad either: St. Ann’s regularly brings together the best of the international scene with ambitious, innovative work by American theater and performance-makers. This year, it’s been host to powerhouse British actor Mark Rylance (for his quirky Nice Fish), A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson, and Taylor Mac’s epic A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. Upcoming highlights include return visits by several Brits: storyteller Daniel Kitson; Shakespeare’s Globe director Emma Rice; and Donmar Warehouse’s Phyllida Lloyd, arriving with The Tempest, the third in her trilogy of all-female Shakespeare productions. Plus, legendary downtown performer Penny Arcade presents her award-winning piece Longing Lasts Longer. Let’s hope the new St. Ann’s lasts a long time, too. 

45 Water Street, Brooklyn