Glynn Turman

A vintage year onstage as classics blended with provocative premieres

Much that was old was new again in 2013, which turned out to be a very good year for the classics.

It wasn't a bad year for new work either, even if too many of today's most provocative playwrights are getting short shrift from this town's nonprofit heavyweights.

I was especially glad to see Samuel D. Hunter's "The Whale" at South Coast Repertory, but to catch "The Flick," the latest from Annie Baker (for my money, the most exciting American dramatist working today), I had to hop a flight to New York, where Playwrights Horizons was presenting the world premiere.

Christopher Shinn's "Dying City," a 2008 Pulitzer finalist, finally found...