Tuesday, December 03, 2019

The Best of the Decade 2010-19: My Favorite New Plays Seen Onstage

If you need a long-winded disclaimer, refer to my previous post--covering My Favorite New Musicals of the decade--as the same stipulations apply.

Here I am gauging only new plays first produced on Broadway or in Chicagoland since the start of 2010.

Only shows I personally saw, live, are eligible.

Picks for the best non-musical theater productions of any vintage are covered in Best Plays of the Year lists, each December since 2010 and upcoming for 2019.

You can see My Favorite Plays of the '00s here.

Solo theatrical performances, starring just one individual, will be covered in a separate category.

The Best New Plays of the Decade

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - by Simon Stephens

2. The Steadfast Tin Soldier - Mary Zimmerman

3. The Outgoing Tide - Bruce Graham

4. Mary Page Marlowe - Tracy Letts

5. Outside Mullingar - John Patrick Shanley

6. Yasmina's Necklace - Rohina Malik

7. War Horse - Nick Stafford

8. Trust - Allison Torem

9. 33 Variations - Moises Kaufman

10. The Minutes - Tracy Letts

11. Clybourne Park - Bruce Norris

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

A Shayna Maidel - Barbara Lebow
Airline Highway - Lisa D'Amour
Assassination Theater - Hillel Levin
Black Ballerina - Stephen Fedo & Tim Rhoze
The Book Thief - Heidi Stillman
Cambodian Rock Band - Lauren Yee
Chinglish - David Henry Hwang
Cry It Out - Molly Smith Metzler
Curve of Departure - Rachel Bonds
Downstate - Bruce Norris
Exit Strategy - Ike Holter
Faceless - Selina Fillinger
Funnyman - Bruce Graham
The Gentleman Caller - Philip Dawkins
The Herd - Rory Kinnear
A Home on the Lake - Stephen Fedo & Tim Rhoze 
The Legend of Georgia McBride - Matthew Lopez
Linda - Penelope Skinner
Luna Gale - Rebecca Gilman
The Mecca Tales - Rohina Malik
Mothers & Sons - Terrence McNally
Oslo - J.T. Rogers
Other Desert Cities - Jon Robin Baltz
The Qualms - Bruce Norris
The Royale - Marco Ramirez
The Undeniable Sound of Right Now - Laura Eason

I did not include links to my reviews of these shows, but you should be able to find most using the Search Box.

1 comment:

Hemingway1955 said...

This is certainly a testament to your dedication to the theatrical arts. You are the foremost theatre critic in metropolitan Chicago....albeit maybe without the notoriety.