The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

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What are the best Broadway plays from the 1980s? This list has been ranked by theater lovers to determine the best plays performed on Broadway in the '80s, a decade of industrialization, war and the birth of Millenials. These themes and other current events would find themselves on Broadway in the 80s, in plays such in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and many more. What are the top 80s Broadway plays?

Though the 1980s is often known for significant fashion trends such as ripped jeans and teased hair that often found their way to the stage, the Broadway play Amadeus was based on the lives of composers Salieri and Mozart and had nothing to do with popular 1980s imagery but was instead a period piece dating back to the 18th century. The show later won the1981  Tony Award for Best Play.

Still, other plays such as Children of a Lesser God focused on stories that resonated deeply with 80s audiences. Written by Mark Medoff, the 1980 play revolved around a relationship between a deaf student and her teacher and won the Tony Award for Best Play that year, running for 887 performances.

What are the best non-musical Broadway shows that opened in the 80s? Cast your votes below on this is a list of the top Broadway plays from the 1980s.
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    Peter Shaffer

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    The Search for Signs of Intell... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe Jane Wagner

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    The Real Thing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    The Real Thing Tom Stoppard

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    Harvey Fierstein

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    Fences is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Fences August Wilson, Branford Marsalis

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    Master Harold...and the Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Master Harold...and the Boys Athol Fugard

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    Noises Off is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Noises Off Michael Frayn

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    Neil Simon

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    Betrayal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Betrayal Harold Pinter

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    'night, Mother is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    'night, Mother Marsha Norman

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    Glengarry Glen Ross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Glengarry Glen Ross David Mamet

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    John Pielmeier

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    Burn This is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Burn This Lanford Wilson

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    Talley's Folly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Talley's Folly Lanford Wilson

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    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom August Wilson

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    Crimes of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Crimes of the Heart Beth Henley

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    Children of a Lesser God is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Children of a Lesser God Mark Medoff

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    The House of Blue Leaves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    The House of Blue Leaves John Guare

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    Fifth of July is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Fifth of July Lanford Wilson

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    Broadway Bound is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Broadway Bound Neil Simon

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    Speed-the-Plow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Speed-the-Plow David Mamet

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    Michael Frayn

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    The Nerd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    The Nerd Larry Shue

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    Hurlyburly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Hurlyburly David Rabe

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    Coastal Disturbances is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Coastal Disturbances Tina Howe

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    William M. Hoffman

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    Social Security is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s

    Social Security Andrew Bergman

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    Herb Gardner

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