Plays that flourished and faltered in U.S.

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The plays that flourished:

"Frost/Nixon "
4/22/07-8/19/07
Tony winner Frank Langella and Michael Sheen made a dynamic duo in Peter Morgan's close-up on politics and celebrity.

"Hamlet"
10/6/09-12/6/09
Jude Law's volatile take on the brooding Dane helped overcome mixed reviews to expand significantly the Bard's audience on Broadway.

"The History Boys"

4/23/06-10/1/06
Nuanced writing and a razor-sharp production made Alan Bennett's very English play the can't-miss theatrical event of the New York season.

"Enron"
 

"The Pillowman"
4/10/05-9/18/05
Martin McDonagh in Kafkaesque mode, coupled with compelling turns from Billy Crudup, Jeff Goldblum and Michael Stuhlbarg, made this a winner.

"The Seagull"
10/2/08-12/21/08
This penetrating Chekhov staging led by Kristin Scott Thomas was the brightest light in an otherwise patchy fall.

The plays that faltered:

"Coram Boy"
5/2/07-5/27/07
A full choir singing Handel onstage made this a pricey production, but Americans didn't take to the Dickensian tale's florid melodrama.

"Enron"
4/27/10-5/9/10
Unless it's "Macbeth," in this beleaguered economy, greed + power + deception = audience turnoff.

"Festen"

4/9/06-5/20/06
The secrets and lies of a Scandinavian family titillated West End audiences, but the Dogma adaptation left Broadway cold.

"Journey's End"

2/22/07-6/10/07
The battle fatigue of a country embedded in two wars might have doomed this revival of the 1928 World War I drama, despite stellar reviews.

"Jumpers"
4/25/04-7/11/04
Critics gushed, but playwright Tom Stoppard's intellectual athletics proved too rarefied a sport for wide participation.
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