This year Melbourne stages have been defined by both major events that delivered on their almighty promise – Taylor Mac and a group of Mormons both brought us plenty of love, straight from New York – and smaller scale work that broke through and left an indellible mark on the city (Hannah Gadsby's Nanette won't be forgotten anytime soon). Ranking this diverse range of theatrical experiences might feel like an impossible task, but we gave it our best shot. Here's our top ten of 2017.
The 10 best shows on Melbourne stages in 2017
We pick the best things we've seen on Melbourne stages this year, from stand-up to major musicals
Taylor Mac is a New York performance artist, drag queen and playwright. But for 24 hours – performed over four six-hour chapters – Taylor Mac was also the leader of a “radical faerie realness ritual sacrifice”.