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Reader’s Choice

Dexter Bullard

Some directors stick to a particular genre or niche, but since 1990, when he founded the Next Lab, Dexter Bullard has proved equally adept with farce, satire, naturalistic drama, extreme physical theater, and—for Second City—sketch comedy. (He most recently helmed the world premiere production of Brett Neveu’s Gas for Less at the Goodman Theatre.) But it’s not just the range and depth of his work that makes Bullard such a strong director—it’s his refusal to fall into the twin ruts of repeating his own past successes and re-creating those of others. His drive to create new work and explore new ways of making theater—best exemplified by his experimental group, Plasticene—makes him one of the Chicago theater scene’s living treasures. —Jack Helbig

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Alexander Gelman, Organic Theater Company

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