Best Company: Arena Players

801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500,

Yes, Arena Players is the oldest continually performing African-American community theater in the country, but that's not what's important here— we don't remember 1953, but we damn sure remember its 2015 season. With James Baldwin's “The Amen Corner” and August Wilson's “Jitney,” Arena approached its season with ambition and aplomb. The acting and directing were superb. We're really looking forward to another 50 years. That history is pretty damn cool after all.

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