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On Theater: ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘Hairspray’ were this year’s top pro shows

On Theater: ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘Hairspray’ were this year’s top pro shows

It was a very good year, as Sinatra might sing, for local professional theater — represented by South Coast Repertory and the Laguna Playhouse — in 2017 as these two Equity houses marked 53 and 98 years in operation, respectively.

Both theaters stretched themselves, artistically and technically, during the year, and the resultant products of these ventures topped this column's list of outstanding productions on the SCR and Laguna stages.

For South Coast Rep, the outstanding show also was the oldest idea — Herman Melville's classic novel “Moby Dick” brought to the stage with resounding force and fury by director David Catlin, who also adapted the book.

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