For a limited run at BAM, the world-class Royal Shakespeare Company presented Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V in rep in Brooklyn. Sir Antony Sher’s impish Falstaff may be the greatest we’ll ever see, and David Tennant’s doomed Richard II was a lyrical feast of passionate verse. All 12 hours constituted a glorious, once-in-a-lifetime feast of comedy, tragedy and adventure.—David Cote
The dog days are upon us and we’re searching for NYC events in August to distract and delight us. No one wants to think about summer being over; we want our vacations (or the best New York staycations) to go on forever. But now is a good time to look back on the first half of the year and take stock. Which titles entered the pantheon of best Broadway shows? Which Tony Award nominees do we still fondly remember? Theater is such an ephemeral art, and none of the shows below are still open (Dear Evan Hansen returns this fall and may well qualify as a best Broadway musical). What would be your pick for best show (so far) in 2016?
Recommended: Full guide to best of 2016