Best of 2013 Theater Lists

Borstalboy
Broadway Legend
joined:2/9/04
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 10:23am
It's that time of the year...
Best Plays/Musicals of 2013--Time Magazine
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
Play Esq.
Broadway Star
joined:7/10/09
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 10:47am
Not a bad list. I wouldn't personally have put Matilda that high (or on the list at all...) but nice diverse choices.

Kad
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joined:11/5/05
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 11:01am
Far better than their list last year, which ignored off-Broadway and non-musicals in general.
AC126748
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joined:7/15/06
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 11:47am
I was a bit surprised with some of the choices, not because they're unmerited, but because Zoglin tends to have conservative tastes.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
TheGingerBreadMan
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/12
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 12:15pm
No KINKY BOOTS? F*** that.
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mybigsplash
Leading Actor
joined:4/30/08
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 12:42pm
I would have put Marin Ireland in MARIE ANTONETTE on the list. Was certainly the theatrical event of the season for me. The night I went Jakes Gyllenhaal and Jeff Goldblum were on the list, and was sold out several extensions.
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gstrus2
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/12
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 12:48pm
I'm suprised Fun Home is not on the list. Seeing it for second time on Sunday.
VotePeron
Featured Actor
joined:5/2/13
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 12:54pm
Glad Matilda is top! FUN HOME should be on there, though.
macnyc
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joined:7/26/08
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 01:05pm
Belleville? Really? That's going to be on my personal "worst" list for 2013. And no Fun Home? Macbeth over Twelfth Night? The mind reels.



Updated On: 12/5/13 at 01:05 PM
ClydeBarrow
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joined:6/20/12
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 01:13pm
That would definitely not be my list. MACBETH was beyond overrated.
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VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 03:59pm
I would have added KINKY BOOTS to the list....not that I was in NYC all that much this past year - only twice - but still
2014: Ghosts (Tralfgar Studios) The Weir (Donmar West End) Witness Uganda (A.R.T.) Beautiful, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Mark Taper Forum), A Word Or Two (Ahmanson), Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie, 2013: I'll Eat You Last (Geffen Playhouse)The Last Five Years (Huntington Theater, Boston) The Sunshine Boys (Ahmanson Theater), Wait Until Dark (Geffen Playhouse) Kinky Boots, Matilda, The Other Place, End Of The Rainbow (Ahmanson Theater), Tribes (Mark Taper Forum) Pippin (ART) 2012: Other Desert Cities (Mark Taper Forum)Seminar(Ahmanson Theater),Red (Mark Taper Forum) Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse)Follies (Ahmanson Theater)Evita, Once, The Lyons,The Best Man, Waiting For Godot (Mark Taper Forum, American Idiot (Ahmanson Theater) Clybourne Park (Mark Taper Forum), The Jacksonian (Geffen Playhouse) Red Hot Patriot (Geffen Playhouse) 2011:Fela (Ahmanson Theater) Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse) Bring It On: The Musical (Ahmanson Theater) Next Fall (Geffen Playhouse) Poor Behavior (Mark Taper Forum) Ghetto Klown (LA), Porgy & Bess (ART, Cambridge) Shrek (Pantages, LA) Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham's London) The Village Bike (Royal Court Theater) Luise Miller (Donmar) One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theater) Betrayal (London) Ghost The Musical (London) Tales Of The City (A.C.T San Francisco) Jerusalem, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Book Of Mormon, Good People, God Of Carnage (Ahmanson Theater), Burn This (Mark Taper Forum), The Escort (Geffen Playhouse) 33 Variations ( Ahmanson) The Break Of Noon (Geffen Playhouse) Hair (Pantages, LA) Circle Mirror Transformation (South Coast Rep) 2010: West Side Story (Pantages, LA)Next To Normal (Ahmanson) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Driving Miss Daisy, Becky Shaw (South Coast Rep) Leap Of Faith (Ahmanson Theater), They're Playing Our Song (Reprise), The Glass Menagerie (Mark Taper Forum), La Cage Aux Folles, A Little Night Music, La Bete (London), The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (London), Billy Elliot (London), Aspects Of Love (London), Sister Act (London) A Behanding In Spokane, Bengal TIger At Baghdad Zoo (Mark Taper), Subject Was Roses (Mark Taper), Next Fall, The Pride, Fela, The Language Archeive (South Coast) Robin & The Seven Hoods (Old Globe Theater), Xanadu (Road Tour) Girlfriend (Berkley Rep), In The Wake (Center Theater Group) 2009:Time Stands Still, Superior Donuts, Finian's Rainbow, The Royal Family, A Steady Rain, The Brother Sister Plays, Ruined, Next To Normal, 33 Variations, A Little Night Music (London), La Cage Aux Folles (London), Oleanna (Mark Taper), 9 To 5 (Ahmanson)
ClydeBarrow
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joined:6/20/12
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 04:07pm
Lucky for us we can tell when you were in NYC, Vernon. I'm going to be blocking people that feel the need to have the world's longest signatures of every show they've seen/will see. No one cares and I don't like having to scroll past the nonsense.
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Sauja
Broadway Star
joined:1/7/07
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 05:17pm
Because I love making lists, mine would be: 1. Fun Home; 2. Ganesh Versus the Third Reich (Under the Radar); 3. Matilda; 4. Violet at Encores; 5. Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play; 6. The Good Person of Szechwan; 7. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; 8. Belleville; 9. Buyer and Cellar; 10. Hands on a Hardbody

With The Flick, Twelfth Night, Marie Antoinette, Pippin, The Testament of Mary, Old Hats, Encores' It's a Bird...It's a Plane, Rantoul and Die, The Castle, and the 200 person Tempest running VERY close behind. It was a really good year, and I saw A LOT. As much as I could go back and forth on these a lot. But Fun Home would absolutely stay in the top slot. I was floored by it. Completely.
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macnyc
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joined:7/26/08
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 05:44pm
Sauja, why don't you start a new thread where we can post our Top 10 lists? I would also like to post my Bottom 10 list. (No cracks, please!)
Borstalboy
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joined:2/9/04
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/5/13 at 06:29pm
BTW, the thread title is ListS, plural. If you see any others, do post!
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
WiCkEDrOcKS
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joined:6/13/04
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/6/13 at 11:53am
Well, I just got this weeks issue of Entertainment Weekly in the mail and I guess they're no longer listing the top ten theater productions of the year in their annual Top Ten issue. Disappointing.
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Updated On: 12/6/13 at 11:53 AM
SidebySidebyLogan
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joined:9/25/13
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/7/13 at 02:06am
I find it odd Entertainment Weekly didn't include theater productions as they've covered more theater this year than ever before, and even had an editorial piece earlier in the year about their efforts to better cover theater, literature, and tech in addition to the tv, movie, music coverage they're known for. I haven't looked at the most recent issue but it sucks if they are slumping theater coverage right here at the end of the line.
RippedMan
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joined:8/14/05
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/7/13 at 02:52am
Thought it was disappointing as well, but oh well.

And I'd love to know all the twists in Bellville that the critics didn't seem to understand?
Billy Bigelow
Chorus Member
joined:8/28/13
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/9/13 at 10:53am
New York Magazine just released their Best of list.

http://nymag.com/arts/cultureawards/2013/top-10-plays/
GilmoreGirlO2
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/05
Best of 2013 Theater Lists
Posted: 12/9/13 at 11:25am
ETA: Whoops, wrong thread!
Updated On: 12/10/13 at 11:25 AM