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The best theater in America in 2015

Our critics pick the best theater in America, saluting 2015’s top musicals, plays and shows in our major theater cities

Photograph: Michael Lamont
These Paper Bullets! at Geffen Playhouse

It’s been a great year for theater in America—and we’re not just talking about the all-conquering Hamilton. Things are hot enough in New York for us to ask whether we’re going through a golden age of Broadway, while L.A. and Chicago theatermakers have enthralled audiences with new indie hits and reworked classics. Here we give the best theater in America in 2015 a standing ovation.

Best theater in America in 2015

The 20 best Broadway shows and Off-Broadway theater of 2015
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The 20 best Broadway shows and Off-Broadway theater of 2015

Our critics in New York give their assessment of the best shows on Broadway and beyond

The best Chicago theater of 2015
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The best Chicago theater of 2015

From dead Canadian teens to a transgender etiquette teacher, this year’s best plays offered fascinating character studies

The best Los Angeles theater of 2015
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The best Los Angeles theater of 2015

While a backstage battle raged, these 10 disparate productions showed L.A.’s theater scene at its full potential

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