The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

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List Criteria: Theatre productions that played on Broadway between 2000 and 2009

What are the best Broadway plays from the 2000s? This list has been ranked by theater lovers to determine the best shows on Broadway that opened in the 2000s, a decade of redefinition for theatrical plays that moved toward commercial success and box office numbers. Though many critics might argue that Broadway shows are dying, the 2000s saw Broadway become more of a tourist attraction, rather than a creative outlet as it once was during the golden era of Broadway. However, there were still many popular, great plays on Broadway in the 2000s, but which were the best?

The 2000s saw Broadway favor corporate sponsorships over sole producers, leading to productions of a grand scale. Musical Broadway dominated the 2000s with shows such as Avenue Q and Spring Awakening, but non-musical Broadway plays including August: Osage County, saw success on and off the stage. The dark comedy opened in 2007 and ran for over 600 performances, winning a host of Tony Awards as well as critical acclaim. 

The decade also saw an emergence of original Broadway plays turning toward film adaptations and the rise or revivals from Broadway's golden era. Like August: Osage County, other plays including Doubt: A Parable were turned into films, starring celebrities such as Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Could film adaptations bring more attention and interest to their Broadway counterparts?  

What are the top plays on Broadway from the 2000s? What are the best non-musical Broadway shows of the 2000s? Cast your votes below for the best Broadway plays that opened in the 2000s.
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    Tracy Letts, David Singer

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    Twelve Angry Men is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Twelve Angry Men Reginald Rose

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    Adrian Sutton, Nick Stafford, John Tams

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    Alan Bennett, Richard Sisson

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    Paddy Cunneen, Martin McDonagh

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    Proof is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Proof David Auburn

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    Michael Frayn

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    Patrick Barlow

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    David Mamet

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    I Am My Own Wife is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    I Am My Own Wife Doug Wright

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    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    The Graduate Terry Johnson

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    Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Lombardi Eric Simonson

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    Doubt: A Parable is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Doubt: A Parable John Patrick Shanley

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    Frankie and Johnny in the Clai... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Terrence McNally

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    Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Take Me Out Richard Greenberg

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    Venus in Fur is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Venus in Fur David Ives

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    God of Carnage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    God of Carnage Yasmina Reza, Gary Yershon

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    Michael Frayn

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    Golda's Balcony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Golda's Balcony William Gibson

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    The Dinner Party is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    The Dinner Party Neil Simon

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    David Mamet

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    Say Goodnight Gracie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Say Goodnight Gracie Rupert Holmes

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    Time Stands Still is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Time Stands Still Donald Margulies

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    Peter Quilter

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    Dirty Blonde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Dirty Blonde Claudia Shear

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    Other Desert Cities is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Other Desert Cities Jon Robin Baitz

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    Stones in His Pockets is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Stones in His Pockets Marie Jones

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    Mary Zimmerman

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    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Christopher Durang

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    The Tale of the Allergist's Wi... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Charles Busch

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    Bridge & Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Bridge & Tunnel Sarah Jones

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    Seminar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s

    Seminar Theresa Rebeck

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