The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017

As we count down the last days of 2017, New York City's top theatre critics have been taking stock of the theatre season- deciding on their personal choices for their favorite productions of the year. With so many stellar plays, musicals, revivals and new works, both on Broadway and off, a slew of shows have gained recognition from the critics this year.

Below, check out our roundup of 'Best of' lists for theatre this year. Be sure to check back later for new additions as they're released!


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
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Ben Brantley, New York Times (click here for his full list):

The Band's Visit
The B-Side: Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons
Burning Doors
A Doll's House, Part 2
Escaped Alone
Jitney
The Red Letter Plays
Richard III
Springsteen on Broadway
Sunday in the Park with George


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
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Jesse Green, New York Times (click here for his full list):

Escaped Alone
A Doll's House, Part 2
Sojourners and Her Portmanteau
Cost of Living
Master
As You Like It
Mary Jane
Springsteen on Broadway
Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
The Band's Visit


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Adam Feldman, TimeOut NY (click here for his full list):

1. Mary Jane
2. Hello, Dolly!
3. A Doll's House, Part 2
4. Escaped Alone
5. Springsteen on Broadway
6. The Band's Visit
7. The Antipodes
8. Villa
9. SpongeBob SquarePants
10. Say Something Bunny!


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
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Marilyn Stasio, Variety (click here for her full list):

1. The Band's Visit
2. Once On This Island
3. The Wolves
4. Jitney
5. Pacific Overtures
6. SpongeBob SquarePants
7. Sweeney Todd
8. A Doll's House, Part 2
9. Sunset Boulevard
10. Hello, Dolly!


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
Photo Credit: Bridget Lacombe

Robert Hofler, The Wrap (click here for his full list):

1. A Doll's House, Part 2
2. If I Forget
3. Antipodes
4. The Glass Menagerie
5. Illyria
6. Jitney
7. The Children
8. Oedipus el Rey
9. Werther
10. Harry Clarke


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus


David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter (click here for his full list):

1. Jitney
2. The Wolves
3. Springsteen on Broadway
4. Sunday in the Park With George
5. A Doll's House, Part 2
6. Sweeney Todd
7. Mary Jane
8. Hello, Dolly!
9. Once on This Island
10. Pacific Overtures


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017


Sara Holdren, Vulture (click here for her full list):

1. Café Müller/The Rite of Spring
2. The Hairy Ape
3. Richard III
4. Animal Wisdom
5. The Treasurer
6. Burning Doors
7. Frontiéres sans Frontières
8. The Band's Visit
9. Of Government / What the Constitution Means to Me
10. People, Places & Things


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Eben Shapiro, Time (click here for his full list):

1. Sweat
2. The Band's Visit
3. Indecent
4. Come From Away
5. A Doll's House, Part 2
6. Oslo
7. Hamlet
8 /9. Sunday in the Park With George and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
10. Hello, Dolly


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
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Lee Seymour, Forbes (click here for his full list):

The Band's Visit
Mary Jane
SpongeBob SquarePants
Jitney
Pipeline
The Kinsey Sicks' Things You Shouldn't Say
Oslo
Laurie Metcalf in A Doll's House, Part 2
The staging of Once On This Island
Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street
The Play That Goes Wrong


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
Photo Credit: Bridget Lacombe

Charles McNulty, LA Times (click here for his full list):

A Doll's House, Part 2
The Band's Visit
Every Brilliant Thing
Fun Home
Gem of the Ocean
Hamilton
Hello, Dolly!
King Charles III
Springsteen on Broadway
The Town Hall Affair
Zoot Suit


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017
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Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune (click here for his full list):

Springsteen on Broadway
Hello, Dolly!
The Band's Visit
Oslo
A Doll's House, Part 2
Once on This Island
Sunset Boulevard
Come From Away
Sweat
SpongeBob Squarepants


The Best of the Best: Theatre that Ruled 2017

Nelson Pressley, Washington Post (click here for his full list):

A Little Night Music
King Charles III
In the Heights
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Fun Home, Mean Girls
Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies
The Gabriels
Love and Information
Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

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