Best Local Live Theater

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

More than any local institution (except KTVB Channel 7), Idaho Shakespeare Festival is the winningest Best of Boise entry in the contest's now-22-year history. In all those years, ISF has taken first place in the Best Local Live Theater category 21 times now. (It was unseated once—and only once—in 2003 by Prairie Dog Productions.) That kind of consistency tells us that of all Boise's artistic and cultural icons, ISF stands apart as nearest to our collective heart.

2nd Place: Boise Contemporary Theater—At Boise Contemporary Theater, they like to say, "We tell stories here." That might sound like a simple description of BCT's mission, but not everyone can tell a good story and few are better at it than them. Always willing to push boundaries with provocative material, BCT strives to present works from both established and emerging artists. Coupled with thrilling set designs and standout performances, the story on BCT is that it's a Boise treasure.

3rd Place: Stage Coach Theatre—The calendar at Stage Coach Theatre includes eight productions per season, which is a pretty hefty undertaking considering all the moving parts that have to align for a successful presentation. As if that wasn't impressive enough, SCT relies on all volunteer effort from locals, making it truly a theater company of the people.

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