10 Best Theater Productions of 2016, From ‘The Crucible’ to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (Photos)
TheWrap Best & Worst 2016: Critic Robert Hofler ranks the top NYC stage shows of the year
Robert Hofler | December 15, 2016 @ 9:23 AM
Last Updated: December 15, 2016 @ 9:25 AM
"Dear Evan Hansen," by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Steven Levenson, at Second Stage and now on Broadway
The kids are not all right, but the musical theater is in very good hands with these three young talents. Yes, they're writing about suicide, but so did Rodgers and Hammerstein in "Carousel."
Also Read:‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Theater Review: A New Musical for the Hashtag Generation
8. "Othello," by William Shakespeare, at the New York Theatre Workshop
Sam Gold joins a pantheon of great radical directors with his contemporary Middle East-set take on the battle between the Moor (David Oyelowo) and his future ex-best friend, Iago (Daniel Craig).
Also Read:‘Othello’ Theater Review: David Oyelowo, Daniel Craig Go to War
4. "A Life," by Adam Bock, at Off Broadway's Playwrights Horizon
The sometimes exhilarating, often nasty rush of life isn't over when the existence of one middle-aged man (David Hyde Pierce) suddenly comes to an abrupt, unexpected end. Most peculiar in a very good way.
Also Read:‘A Life’ Theater Review: David Hyde Pierce Puts His Faith in the Stars
3. "Indecent," by Paula Vogel, at Off Broadway's Vineyard Theatre
Sholem Asch's "God of Vengeance" traveled the world in the early 20th century, but its lesbian subject matter didn't upset the censors until the play landed on Broadway in 1923. Dance, music, the original text, and Vogel's musings re-create the hubbub -- no wonder the show is transferring to Broadway in the spring.
Also Read:‘Indecent’ Theater Review: Who Knew Yiddish Theater Was So Gay-Friendly?
1. "Hold on to Me Darling," by Kenneth Lonergan, at Off Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company
Lonergan ended the year with a big movie success, "Manchester by the Sea," and he kicked off 2016 with an equally riveting work in the theater, "Hold on to Me Darling," a comedy about a country-and-western star (Timothy Olyphant) who tries but can't go home again.
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