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Top 10 Lists of Top 10 Theater 2014

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” is on most critics lists of the top 10 theater in 2014 so far, including mine (represented in picture above). The second-most listed New York stage show is “Father Comes Home From The War, Parts 1, 2 & 3” by Suzan Lori-Parks at the Public, followed by On The Town and Machinal. Rounding out this list (with four or three critics listing them on their Top 10) are:  BootycandyThe Cripple of InishmaanOur Lady of KibehoStraight White Men, Love and Information, and Between Riverside and Crazy. (see picture below)

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But there is much less consensus about the best New York theater in 2014 than there was on last year’s lists.

Here are lists of Top 10 theater, in no particular order. Some deviate from a literal Top 10 list, either by shoving in more than 10, or by listing alphabetically. (I will add more of these top 10 lists as they become available.)

Jonathan Mandell in New York Theater

1. Disgraced/The Invisible Hand
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
3. Scenes from a Marriage
4. Straight White Men
5. To The Bone and My Mañana Comes
6. Love and Information
7. Dinner with Friends
8. Machinal
9. Bootycandy
10. The Death of Bessie Smith

Charles Isherwood of the New York Times

1. Father Comes Home From The War, Parts 1, 2 & 3
2. The Realistic Joneses
3. Side Show
4. Disgraced
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
6. Generations
7. Bootycandy
8. Violet
9. Straight White Men
10. Basetrack Live

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

1. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
3. The Elephant Man
4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
5. Aladdin
6. A Raisin in the Sun
7. “Norm Lewis becoming the first black actor to take on the title role in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.””
8. On The Town
9. Bryan Cranston, starring in “All the Way”
10. Cabaret

 Jesse Green of New York Magazine

1. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
2. Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
3. Love and Information
4. Dinner with Friends
5. Machinal
6. Stage Kiss
7. The Killer
8. Scenes From A Marriage
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
10. If/Then

Jason Clark and Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly

1.Hedwig and the Angry Inch
2. Father Comes Home From The Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3
3. You Can’t Take it With You
4. Between Riverside and Crazy
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
6. Sticks and Bones
7. The Cripple of Inishmaan
8. Red-Eye to Havre de Grace
9. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
10. Violet

Adam Feldman of Time Out New York

1. Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
2. Hand to God
3. An Octoroon
4. Cabaret
5. Jacuzzi
6. Love and Information
7. You Got Older
8. The Heir Apparent
9. Our Lady of Kibeho
10. Bootycandy

Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
2. Father Comes Home From The Wars
3. Sticks and Bones
4. Machinal
5. Arrivals and Departures
6. The Cripple of Inishmaan
7. Rocky
8. The Open House
9. John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey
10. This Is Our Youth

Ben Brantley of the New York Times (who cheats in several ways, such as listing alphabetically rather than by rank)

1. ‘Appropriate’ and ‘An Octoroon’ two plays (in different productions) by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
2. Bedlam productions of ‘Saint Joan,’ ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility.’
3. ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’
4.  ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
5. ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’
6. A Doll’s House
7. I Remember Mama
8. Measure for Measure
9. On The Town
10.  ‘Scenes From a Marriage’ and ‘Angels in America’ both directed by Ivo van Hove

David Cote of Time Out New York

1. Machinal
2. You Can’t Take It With You
3. Straight White Men
4.  The Killer
5. Bootycandy
6. Stop Hitting Yourself
7. The Open House
8. Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
10. The Fortress of Solitude

 Joe Dzieniamowicz of the Daily News (presents his list as Top 10 “Broadway moments” and gives each unique categories)

1. The Open House by Will Eno
2. Simon Stephens (A Doll’s House, Curious Incident, Punk Rock)
3. Audra McDonald “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”
4. An Octoroon
5. Annaleigh Ashford in You Can’t Take It With You
6. Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth
7. Our Lady of Kibeho
8. Emma Stone in Cabaret
9. On The Town
10. The Bridges of Madison County

Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal

He resists a top 10 list altogether, for more of an essay, in which he mentioned new plays that excited him, including:
Between Riverside and Crazy
Pocatello
The Country House
Outside Mullingar

Also:
Best Revival of a Musical: On The Town
Best New Play: Our Lady of Kibeho

 

Aaron Botwick of Scribicide:

  1. Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby
  2. Green Porno
  3. All The Way
  4. Cabaret
  5. A Doll’s House
  6. Angels in America
  7. The Killer
  8. Tamburlaine, Parts I and II
  9. Enter at Forest Lawn
  10. The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible

Steven Suskin, The Huffington Post

1. Curious Incident
2. Father Comes Home From The Wars
3. City of Conversation
4. On The Town
5. The Most Happy Fella
6. Much Ado About Nothing
7. Our Lady of Kibeho
8.  Sense and Sensibility
9. Machinal
10. Booty Candy

 

Eccentric list of best Broadway theater 2014 from USA Today
Best play: The Realistic Joneses
Best musical: The Last Ship
Best revivals of a play: A Raisin in the SunThe Cripple of InishmaanThe Elephant Man

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About New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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