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  1. Photograph: Ben Arons
    Photograph: Ben Arons

    Ars Nova

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  2. Asian-American theater companies

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  3. Avant-garde downtown legacy

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  4. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Annie Baker

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  5. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Jess Barbagallo

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  6. Photograph: Whitney Cox/The Shubert Archive
    Photograph: Whitney Cox/The Shubert Archive

    The Belasco Theatre

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  7. Photograph: Camille A Fernandez
    Photograph: Camille A Fernandez

    Edwin Booth’s bedroom at the Players Club

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  8. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Steven Boyer

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  9. Hanna Cheek

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  10. Photograph: Joan Marcus
    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Tracee Chimo

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  11. Photograph: Francis Dzikowski
    Photograph: Francis Dzikowski

    The Claire Tow Theater terrace

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  12. Critics

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  13. Photograph: Ves Pitts
    Photograph: Ves Pitts

    Machine Dazzle

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  14. Photograph: Joan Marcus
    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Encores! at City Center

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  15. Photograph: Aislinn Weidele
    Photograph: Aislinn Weidele

    Oskar Eustis

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  16. Photograph: Jon Wasserman
    Photograph: Jon Wasserman

    David Greenspan

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  17. Kimberly Grigsby

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  18. Photograph: James Leynse
    Photograph: James Leynse

    Jenn Harris

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  19. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Rebecca Naomi Jones

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  20. Photograph: Joan Marcus
    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Ron Cephas Jones

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  21. Photograph: Shevett Studios
    Photograph: Shevett Studios

    Daniel Kluger

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  22. Tony Kushner

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  23. Photograph: Melissa Sinclair
    Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    La MaMa reborn

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  24. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Young Jean Lee

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  25. Living legends (who keep working)

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  26. Photograph: Ves Pitts
    Photograph: Ves Pitts

    Taylor Mac

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  27. Photograph: Photograph: Loren Wo
    Photograph: Photograph: Loren Wo

    Dave Malloy

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  28. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Cristin Milioti

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  29. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Lin-Manuel Miranda

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  30. Photograph: Joe Marzullo
    Photograph: Joe Marzullo

    Scott Morfee

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  31. Photograph: Krista Schlueter
    Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Jessie Mueller

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  32. Musical-theater chorus folk

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  33. New Victory Theater

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  34. The New York International Fringe Festival

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  35. Off-Off troupes that break through

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  36. Photograph: Andrew Nicholas
    Photograph: Andrew Nicholas

    Outer-borough venues

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  37. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Pasek & Paul

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  38. Photograph: Melissa Sinclair
    Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Playwright portraits at the Signature Center

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  39. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Noah Robbins

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  40. Photograph: Courtesy Shakespeare in the Park
    Photograph: Courtesy Shakespeare in the Park

    Shakespeare in the Park, parking lot and everywhere else

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  41. Photograph: Joseph Moran
    Photograph: Joseph Moran

    Wallace Shawn and André Gregory

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  42. Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records

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  43. Stars!

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  44. Super troupers

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  45. Theater superfans

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  46. Photograph: Joseph Moran
    Photograph: Joseph Moran

    Alex Timbers

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  47. Photograph: Shevett Studios
    Photograph: Shevett Studios

    Seven reasons to love the annual Tony Awards telecast

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  48. Photograph: Genevieve Rafter Keddy
    Photograph: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

    Unstaged readings

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  49. Photograph: Timothy Keating
    Photograph: Timothy Keating

    Mac Wellman

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  50. Photograph: Noffar Gat
    Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Stephen Tyrone Williams

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Theater in New York: 50 reasons to love NYC theater (slide show)

Check out the best of theater in New York, from Broadway stars to underground legends, in our handy slide show.

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Browse through our slide show for an overview of the things we love about theater in New York. Here, you’ll find the actors, playwrights, directors, companies and venues that are the cream of the crop on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. We’ve also included our picks for future legends—the artists we’ll be talking about decades from now. Think we left anything out?

Tweet us at @TimeOutTheater to weigh in.

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