Best of 2013: Best Broadway shows and Off Broadway productions

From the best new Broadway shows to groundbreaking downtown experiments, it was a very good year for New York theater.

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Some years have got it, and some years ain’t—and boy, 2013 had it. The New York theater scene offered so much of quality this year that we had a tough time whittling down the hundreds of shows (on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway) to lists of ten. Dramas stretched from rueful looks back (such as The Glass Menagerie and The Assembled Parties) to bold steps forward (Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play). Musicals were diverse and plentiful, and there were more major stagings of the Bard than you could shake a spear at (notably the diptych of Twelfth Night and Richard III with Mark Rylance). And it was a banner year for the Public Theater, which housed five of the shows on our lists, including a fresh look at Brecht’s Good Person of Szechwan and the ten-hour avant-travaganza Life and Times: Episodes 1–4. Here are our picks for the best of the bunch, plus a few we liked a lot less and some honorable mentions we don’t want to forget.




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