Spring of 2013 was a brutal time for New York theater: mediocre Broadway fare, overrated comedies, and letdowns from normally reliable companies—I’m not sure how I would have survived were in not for the brilliant if much-maligned Jekyll & Hyde and a out-of-nowhere, micro-budget After the Fall that gave any high-end Miller revival a run for its money. Fall, however, saw a series of excellent of debut plays (Marie Antoinette, The Nance) and three Shakespearean productions that were as good if not better than any I’ve seen in years. Overall, this was a surprisingly balanced year, with old masters like Williams and Brecht being treated with as much care and intelligence as the next generation of first-rate playwrights.
Below are my top ten plays of 2013—click on the links for the original reviews.
6. BAD JEWS
8. RICHARD III
10. THE NANCE