musicals / plays The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s  

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What are the top Broadway plays of the 1990s? This list has been ranked by theater lovers to determine the best non-musical plays on Broadway running from 1990 to 1999, a decade of rising usage of and influence from cable television and the internet. As entertainment continued to evolve in America, what were the Broadway plays from the 1990s?

Though no longer the golden age of Broadway, the 90s saw a new generation of talent emerge on Broadway that attracted younger fans, mostly students who were offered discounted tickets at many Broadway theaters. Though 90s musicals still reigned supreme on the stage, with shows such as Rent and Aida, a number of non-musical Broadway plays opened in the 1990s.

Lettice and Lovage was a comedic play that opened at the start of the decade, and though it ran for fewer than 300 performances, the play was nominated for several Tonys and won two for acting. Written by Peter Shaffer (also the author of Equus and Amadeus), the show was adapted for an American audience instead of its original English audience.  
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Neil Simon, Lost in Yonkers, was another standout Broadway production when it opened in 1991 and ran for almost 800 performances. A coming-of-age story, Lost in Yonkers depicted a dysfunctional family through the eyes of a 15-year-old. The play won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1991, as well as several Tony acting accolades. 

What are the top non-musical Broadway shows from the 1990s? Cast your votes below to rank the best Broadway plays of the 90s.

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Angels in America: A Gay Fanta... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Tony Kushner

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Six Degrees of Separation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s

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Master Class is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Master Class Terrence McNally ^! Vincenzo Bellini ^! Giuseppe Verdi ^! Giacomo Puccini

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Lost in Yonkers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Lost in Yonkers Neil Simon

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Prelude to a Kiss is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Prelude to a Kiss Craig Lucas

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The Piano Lesson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
The Piano Lesson August Wilson

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Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Arcadia Tom Stoppard

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'Art' is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
'Art' Yasmina Reza

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s

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Freak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Freak John Leguizamo

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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
The Grapes of Wrath Frank Galati

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Love! Valour! Compassion! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Love! Valour! Compassion! Terrence McNally

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Two Trains Running is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Two Trains Running August Wilson

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Lettice and Lovage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Lettice and Lovage Peter Shaffer

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Dancing at Lughnasa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Dancing at Lughnasa Brian Friel

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Seven Guitars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Seven Guitars August Wilson

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Conversations With My Father is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Conversations With My Father Herb Gardner

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The Judas Kiss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
The Judas Kiss David Hare

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Indiscretions is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Indiscretions Jean Cocteau

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Skylight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Skylight David Hare

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Having Our Say is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Having Our Say Emily Mann

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Death and the Maiden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Death and the Maiden Ariel Dorfman

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Shadowlands is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Shadowlands William Nicholson

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The Sisters Rosensweig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
The Sisters Rosensweig Wendy Wasserstein

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The Old Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
The Old Neighborhood David Mamet

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Someone Who'll Watch Over Me is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Frank McGuinness

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Jake's Women is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Jake's Women Neil Simon

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Shakespeare for My Father is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Shakespeare for My Father Lynn Redgrave

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Moon Over Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Moon Over Buffalo Ken Ludwig

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The Last Night of Ballyhoo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s

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Park Your Car in Harvard Yard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Park Your Car in Harvard Yard Israel Horovitz