Best Plays Ever
Have you got a favorite play you have read anything from the bard to modern theatre.
1 Hamlet
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2 The Importance of Being Ear...
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3 Macbeth
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4 Romeo and Juliet
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5 A Streetcar Named Desire
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6 Waiting for Godot
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7 Othello
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8 A Midsummer Night's Dream
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9 The Crucible
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10 Death of a Salesman
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11 King Lear
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12 Oedipus Rex
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13 Rosencrantz and Guildenster...
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14 Much Ado About Nothing
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15 A Doll's House
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16 Who's Afraid of Virginia Wo...
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17 The Glass Menagerie
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18 Pygmalion
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19 Twelfth Night
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20 The Tempest
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21 Julius Caesar
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22 Angels in America, Part One...
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23 Our Town
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24 Cyrano de Bergerac
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25 Twelve Angry Men
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26 Antigone
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27 The Taming of the Shrew
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28 Amadeus
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29 Richard III
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30 The Merchant of Venice
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31 Equus
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32 The Cherry Orchard
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33 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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34 Arcadia
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35 Lysistrata
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36 Henry V
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37 Of Mice and Men
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38 Long Day's Journey Into Night
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39 As You Like It
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40 An Ideal Husband
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41 Six Characters in Search of...
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42 Arsenic and Old Lace
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43 No Exit
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44 The Miracle Worker
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45 Doubt
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46 Inherit the Wind
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47 The History Boys
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48 Glengarry Glen Ross
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49 The Three Sisters
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50 Medea
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51 The Seagull
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52 August: Osage County
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53 Doctor Faustus and Other Pl...
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54 Hedda Gabler
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55 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Bar...
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56 The Pillowman
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57 Wit
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58 The Lion in Winter
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59 Lady Windermere's Fan
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60 Three Plays: Rhinoceros / T...
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61 A Raisin in the Sun
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62 Fiddler on the Roof
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63 M. Butterfly
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64 Antony and Cleopatra
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65 All My Sons
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66 The Oresteia
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67 Into the Woods
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68 Titus Andronicus
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69 You Can't Take it With You
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70 How I Learned to Drive
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71 A Man for All Seasons
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72 The Piano Lesson
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73 Richard II
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74 The Birthday Party
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74 The Misanthrope
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76 'night, Mother
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77 Angels in America, Part Two...
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78 All in the Timing
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79 Henry IV, Part 1
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80 Faust: First Part
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81 Under Milk Wood
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82 Educating Rita
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83 Endgame & Act Without Words
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84 The Children's Hour
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85 She Stoops to Conquer
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86 The Cripple of Inishmaan
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87 Measure for Measure
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88 The Mousetrap and Other Plays
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89 The Iceman Cometh
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90 Comedies of Molière
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91 The Winter's Tale
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92 Six Degrees of Separation
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93 The Caucasian Chalk Circle
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94 The Threepenny Opera
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94 Buried Child
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94 No Exit and Three Other Plays
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97 Noises Off
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98 Medea
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99 The Duchess of Malfi and Ot...
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100 Lost in Yonkers
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Comments (showing 1-10 of 10) (10 new)

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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Kucharski A hard decision... beauty or impact. I have seen (and read) most of these plays multiple times but have seen this williams play only once and still my first thought when I think of it is simply, 'wow."


Maria del Pilar Films or books that I have read decades ago


message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason where's medea! That's the greatest play of all! THE GREATEST IN ALL THE WORLD!!!


message 4: by Michael (new)

Michael McLean If the anthologies and collections were removed this list would be infinitely better.


message 5: by Mariana (new)

Mariana Georgieva Yes, I agree with some of the plays, but I think that "Caligula" by Albert Camus, more of Albee's, Ibsen's and Strindberg's plays should be here too.


message 6: by John (new)

John Something I've always wondered: When you listen to an audiobook, you normally say you "read" the book. But when you watch a play being performed - either on stage or screen- can you say you have "read" the play?


message 7: by Eliza (new)

Eliza Malakoff I think it depends on your familiarity. I don't think having seen it once necessarily counts, because the performance does not consist solely of the words. Especially in the case of a play like Shakespeare, where the words are so large a piece of the meaning and the beauty of the play- and so difficult to fully catch as a one-time audience member. However, if the language is what jumps out at you, then sure.


 ~☆ Alice♥♥ What did the play Cats come from????

How about Harvey about the giant rabbit?

and then Hair?


message 9: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone removed because it isn't a play.


message 10: by Mary (new)

Mary Kate "Take Me Out: A Play" by Richard Greenberg should be on the list. I read it 7 years ago, and still think about it. Very powerful.


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