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.
- 1Master Class is a 1995 play by American playwright Terrence McNally, presented as a fictional... more on Wikipedia379
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National ThemesTony Kushner
Lettice and LovagePeter Shaffer
Characters: Lettice Douffet, Mr. Bardolph, A Surly Man, Lotte Schoen, Miss FramerLettice and Lovage is a comedic and satire play by Peter Shaffer. It is centered around a... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Richard Noakes, Septimus Hodge, Captain Brice, Lady Croom, Valentine CoverlyArcadia is a 1993 play by Tom Stoppard concerning the relationship between past and present,... more on Wikipedia
- 5The Sisters Rosensweig is a play by Wendy Wasserstein. The play focuses on three... more on Wikipedia189
The Sisters RosensweigWendy Wasserstein
Seven GuitarsAugust Wilson
Characters: Floyd Barton, Louise, Hedley, Canewell, RubySeven Guitars is a 1995 play by American playwright August Wilson. It focuses on seven... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Paulina Escobar, Gerardo Escobar, Dr. Roberto MirandaDeath and the Maiden is a 1990 play by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman. The world premiere... more on Wikipedia
Dancing at LughnasaBrian Friel
Characters: Kate Mundy, Gerry Evans, Christina Mundy, Maggie Mundy, Agnes MundyDancing at Lughnasa is a 1990 play by dramatist Brian Friel set in Ireland's County Donegal... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Carol Wyman, Kenny Franks, Lucas Brickman, Ira Stone, Harry PrinceLaughter on the 23rd Floor is a play by Neil Simon.
Having Our SayEmily Mann
Characters: Wolf, Holloway, West, Hambone, MemphisTwo Trains Running is a play by American playwright August Wilson, the seventh in his ten-part... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Louisa ('Ouisa') Kittredge, Paul, Trent Conway, Elizabeth, KittySix Degrees of Separation is a play written by American playwright John Guare that premiered... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Buzz Hauser, Perry Sellars, James Jeckyll, Bobby Brahms, Gregory MitchellLove! Valour! Compassion! is a play by Terrence McNally. The play opened Off-Broadway in 1994... more on Wikipedia
The Judas KissDavid Hare
Characters: Doaker, Boy Willie, Lymon, Berniece, MarethaThe Piano Lesson is a 1990 play by American playwright August Wilson. It is the fourth play in... more on Wikipedia
- 18'Art' is a French-language play by Yasmina Reza that premiered in 1994 at Comédie des... more on Wikipedia109
- 19The Grapes of Wrath is a 1988 play adapted by Frank Galati from the classic John Steinbeck... more on Wikipedia98
Conversations With My FatherHerb Gardner
Characters: Louie Kurnitz, Bella, Jay, Eddie, LouieLost in Yonkers is a play by Neil Simon. The play won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Characters: PeterPrelude to a Kiss is a 1988 play by Craig Lucas. It tells the story of a couple that falls in... more on Wikipedia
Park Your Car in Harvard YardIsrael Horovitz