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The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s  

Buster McDermott
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List Rules 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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August: Osage County is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Tracy Letts , David Singer
2
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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Doubt: A Parable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Doubt: A Parable John Patrick Shanley
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War Horse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Adrian Sutton, Nick Stafford, John Tams
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The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
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The History Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Alan Bennett, Richard Sisson
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Proof is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Proof David Auburn
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The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Patrick Barlow
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The Pillowman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Paddy Cunneen , Martin McDonagh
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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
The Graduate Terry Johnson
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Frankie and Johnny in the Clai... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Terrence McNally
12
Venus in Fur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Venus in Fur David Ives
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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Alfred Uhry
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God of Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
God of Carnage Yasmina Reza, Gary Yershon
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Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Take Me Out Richard Greenberg
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Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Lombardi Eric Simonson
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Other Desert Cities is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Other Desert Cities Jon Robin Baitz
18
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Christopher Durang
19
Race is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
David Mamet
20
I Am My Own Wife is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
I Am My Own Wife Doug Wright
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Copenhagen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
Michael Frayn
22
November is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
David Mamet
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Golda's Balcony is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 2000s
The Dinner Party Neil Simon
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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