This was a year of reinterpretation: only four of the plays on this list are new, and of those four, one is a rewriting of a classic American play, another a take on a ‘seventies American sitcom, and a third a celebration of a great (but dead) British playwright. In fact, only Tribes, which clocks in at Number 10, is wholly “new.” Still, these are ideal revivals, featuring smart directors and first-rate casts. Some, like ‘Tis Pity, are radically reimagined, and others, like Death of a Salesman, stylistically evoke the original productions; all are emotionally and intellectually faithful to the source material. Unfortunately, due to unconscionable actions on the part of the copyright holders of Three’s Company, 3C, one of the year’s best, will likely never be seen again.
Nevertheless, here they are: my top ten plays of 2012. Click on the titles to read my original reviews.