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101 Must-Read Plays

101. Circle Mirror Transformation- Annie Baker

100.  All My Sons- Arthur Miller

99. The Real Inspector Hound- Tom Stoppard

98. Sylvia- A.R. Gurney

97. Marvin’s Room- Scott McPherson

96. In the Next Room or: The Vibrator Play- Sarah Ruhl

95. Happy Days- Samuel Beckett

94. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde

93. The Pillowman- Martin McDonagh

92. Lost in Yonkers- Neil Simon

91. Blithe Spirit- Noel Coward

90. The Country Girl- Clifford Odets

89. Beyond Therapy- Christopher Durang

88. Noises Off- Michael Frayn

87. A Look Back in Anger- John Osborne

86. The Weir- Conor McPherson

85. Hurlyburly- David Rabe

84.  4000 Miles- Amy Herzog

83. The Curse of the Starving Class- Sam Shepard

82. The Cripple of Inishmaan- Martin McDonagh

81. Disgraced- Ayad Akhtar

80. Anna in the tropics- Nilo Cruzz

79. Master Harold…and the Boys- Athol Fugard

78. A Delicate Balance- Edward Albee

77. Blood Wedding- Federico Garcia Lorca

76. The Piano Lesson- August Wilson

75. Ruined- Lynn Nottage

74. A View from the Bridge- Arthur Miller

73. Doubt- John Patrick Shanley

72. The Homecoming- Harold Pinter

71. God of Carnage- Yasmina Reza

70. Topdog/Underdog- Suzan-Lori Parks

69. The Lieutenant of Inishmore- Martin McDonagh

68. True West- Sam Shepard

67. Miss Julie- August Strindberg

66. The Children’s Hour- Lillian Hellman

65. Henry V- William Shakespeare

64. Crimes of the Heart- Beth Henley

63. The Playboy of the Western World- J.M. Synge

62. The Goat: or Who is Sylvia- Edward Albee

61. Merchant of Venice- William Shakespeare

60. Phaedra- Jean Racine 

59. The Visit- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

58. The Misanthrope- Moliere

57. An Enemy of the People- Henrik Ibsen

56. The Iceman Cometh- Eugene O’Neill

55. Arsenic and Old Lace-  Joseph Kesselring

53. She Stoops to Conquer- Oliver Goldsmith

52. The Good Person of Szechwan- Bertolt Brecht

51. The Inspector General- Nikolai Gogol

50. Proof- David Auburn

49. Doctor Faustus- Christopher Marlowe

48. Zoo Story- Edward Albee

47. Clybourne Park- Bruce Norris

46. Glengarry Glenn Ross- David Mamet

45. August: Osage County- Tracy Letts

44. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof- Tennessee Williams

43. Mother Courage and her Children- Bertolt Brecht

42. The Oresteia- Aeschylus  

41.Richard III-William Shakespeare

40. Rhinoceros- Eugene Ionesco

39. Long Day’s Journey into Night- Eugene O’Neill

38. The Seagull- Anton Chekhov

37. The Skin of our Teeth- Thornton Wilder

36. The Brother/Sister Plays- Tarell Alvin McCraney

35.  Ghosts- Henrik Ibsen

34. The Odd Couple- Neil Simon

33. A Midsummer Night’s Dream- William Shakespeare

32. The Caucasian Chalk Circle- Bertolt Brecht 

31. Peer Gynt- Henrik Ibsen

30. Wit- Margaret Edson

29. Arcadia- Tom Stoppard

28. The Crucible- Arthur Miller

27. Endgame- Samuel Beckett

26.King Lear- William Shakespeare

25. The Glass Menagerie-Tennessee Williams

24. Lysistrata- Aristophanes

23. Antigone- Sophocles

22. Oedipus Rex- Sophocles

21. Pygmalion- George Bernard Shaw

20. Our Town- Thornton Wilder

19. Romeo And Juliet- William Shakespeare

18. Medea- Euripides

17.  The Cherry Orchard-Anton Chekhov

16. Hedda Gabler- Henrik Ibsen 

15. A Raisin in the Sun- Lorraine Hansberry

14. Macbeth-William Shakespeare

13. Fences-August Wilson

12. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf- Edward Albee

11. The Importance of Being Earnest- Oscar Wilde

10. Uncle Vanya-Anton Chekhov

9. A Doll’s House- Henrik Ibsen

8. No Exit- Jean Paul Sartre

7.  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead- Tom Stoppard

6. Death Of A Salesman-Arthur Miller

5.  Othello- William Shakespeare

4. A Streetcar Named Desire-Tennessee Williams

3. Angels In America-Tony Kushner

2. Hamlet- William Shakespeare

1.Waiting For Godot-Samuel Beckett

 

 

 

 

 

 

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