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The very idea of choosing the 50 "best" plays will make some people furious and others confused. How exactly does one choose a mere 50 from the countless works of dramatic art that have been written over the centuries? One factor is long-term popularity; another, which cannot be severed entirely from the first, is universality. Both of those questions were part of the decision-making process when compiling the list that follows, and factors such as historical importance and influence were key as well. The result is a list that runs from ancient Greek tragedy to Shakespeare comedy to American family dramas and even some modern experimental works. Just because a title is revived constantly, does that make it the "best?" Not really. If a play won a Tony Award, does that automatically earn it a place here? Nope. You'll notice that there are no Broadway musicals in here, either. (That’s for another time.) With that said, here is the list. Let the debates begin!