Thursday, January 01, 2009

Time Top Ten

10 best plays or musicals of 2008, according to Time magazine:

10. Farragut North, by Beau Willimon (about a presidential candidate's too-clever press secretary; soon to be a movie?)
9. South Pacific (dir. Bartlett Sher; with Kelli O'Hara and Paolo Szot)
8. Blasted, by Sarah Kane
7. The Little Mermaid (yes, the Disney musical)
6. Reasons To Be Pretty, by Neil LaBute
5. Black Watch (Scottish troops in Iraq, performed with video and choreography)
4. The Visit (Kander and Ebb's neglected masterpiece, based on the Friedrich Durenmatt play about the world's richest woman, out for revenge -- played by Chita Rivera!)
[ photo: Chita Rivera and George Hearn in the musical version of *The Visit* at Virginia's Signature Theater, from ]

3. All My Sons
2. Hair
1. Billy Elliott

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At January 02, 2009 9:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any top ten list that includes 'Little Mermaid' but excludes the 'Sunday in the Park with George' and 'Gypsy' revivals can't be taken too seriously:)


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