Gabriel Ebert and Mary Louise Wilson starred in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Amy Herzog's play about a 21 year-old guy who seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother in her West Village apartment.
As You Like It
Lily Rabe and David Furr starred in Daniel Sullivan's Shakespeare in the Park staging of the Bard's twisty tale of love, community and cross-dressing.
Damon Gupton, Annie Parisse, Crystal A. Dickinson and Jeremy Shamos starred in Bruce Norris' play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for best play.
Darren Pettie, Amy Ryan, David Schwimmer and Sarah Sokolvic starred in Lisa D'Amour's play, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer and Susan Smith Blackburn Prizes.
Aasif Mandvi and Heidi Armbruster starred in Ayad Akhtar's play about a successful Pakistani-American lawyer and his wife who host a dinner party that escalates out of control. The play made its New York premiere at Lincoln Center's new Claire Tow Theater.
Yvonne Strahovski and Danny Mastrogiorgio starred in Bartlett Sher's Broadway revival for Lincoln Center Theater of Clifford Odets' 1937 drama about a talented violinist who chooses to pursue the money and fame of a prizefighting career.
The Great God Pan
Peter Friedman, Becky Ann Baker and Jeremy Strong starred in Amy Herzog's play that explored with an unsettling gaze the festering wounds of the unaddressed past.
Karen Olivo and Will Swenson performed in Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash's darkly sexy, pulse-pounding rock chamber musical tragedy about love and betrayal, for Manhattan Theatre Club.
Death of a Salesman
Philip Seymour Hoffman starred as Willy Loman in Mike Nichols' Tony-winning Broadway revival of the Arthur Miller classic about the hollowness of the American Dream and the heartbreaking casualties of a society in which a man’s worth is measured by professional success.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis were the title characters in Diane Paulus’ production that mined the full emotional depths of the landmark folk opera, with glorious work from a cast that also included Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier and Phillip Boykin. The musical would go on to win Tony Awards for musical revival and lead actress in a musical.
Rapture, Blister, Burn
Amy Brenneman and Virginia Kull starred in Gina Gionfriddo's whip-smart and wickedly funny reflection on the post-feminist American woman that takes its cue from Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles.
Shuler Hensley starred in the Playwrights Horizons production of Samuel D. Hunter's play, one of the year’s most original and unexpectedly tender dramas. It focused on the efforts of a 600-lb man (played with aching sensitivity by a heavily padded Hensley) to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver starred in Christopher Durang's funny, ruminative play that co-opts Chekhovian themes to look at 21st century foibles and neuroses.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Amy Morton and Tracy Letts starred in the Broadway transfer of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's revival of the Edward Albee classic, which stripped away layers of dragon-lady camp and theatrical bravado to expose the wounded, bleeding core of this lethal drama of marital warfare and defeat.
The Lady from Dubuque
Laila Robins and Jane Alexander starred in Signature Theatre Company's revival of the 1980 Edward Albee drama, which reveals haunting insights into the inevitability of death, both for those departing and for those reluctant to let them go.
One Man, Two Guvnors
Tony Award-winner James Corden starred in British playwright Richard Bean's 1960s update of Carlo Goldoni's commedia dell’arte classic, The Servant of Two Masters.
The Piano Lesson
Chuck Cooper, James A. Williams, Jason Dirden and Brandon J. Dirden starred in August Wilson's 1930s chapter of his 20th Century Cycle. There may have been no more finely tuned ensemble on a New York stage this year than these figures struggling in different ways to participate physically and psychologically in the Great Migration of black America.
Susannah Flood and Russell Harvard starred in British playwright Nina Raine's drama, which shrewdly examines the incongruity of silence in a hyper-verbal world.
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