The bumper crop of professional theatres in Connecticut usually provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy top talent without ever making a trip to Broadway. Citing the state’s best of 2012 helps to diminish the memory of misguided productions like “Boeing-Boeing” at Hartford Stage, “Mame” (Goodspeed), “Harbor” (Westport Playhouse) and, heaven help us, “The Killing of Sister George” (Long Wharf). But why dwell on the negative? In alphabetical order, my favorite theatre experiences of 2012:
• “Carousel”: Director Rob Ruggiero achieved miracles with a fresh revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein warhorse at Goodspeed Opera House. As doomed carousel barker Billy Bigelow, James Snyder had sexual charisma to burn.