Theater The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s  

Buster McDermott
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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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1
25 8
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

2
14 6
Master Class is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Terrence McNally , Vincenzo Bellini , Giuseppe Verdi

3
15 7
Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Arcadia Tom Stoppard

4
13 6
Six Degrees of Separation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s

5
11 7
Freak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Freak John Leguizamo

6
11 7
Lost in Yonkers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Neil Simon

7
10 7
'Art' is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Yasmina Reza

8
10 8
Love! Valour! Compassion! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Terrence McNally

9
10 8
The Piano Lesson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
August Wilson

10
8 6
Prelude to a Kiss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Craig Lucas

11
7 5
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Frank Galati

12
7 5
Dancing at Lughnasa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Dancing at Lughnasa Brian Friel

13
6 5
Indiscretions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Indiscretions Jean Cocteau

14
7 7
The Sisters Rosensweig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
The Sisters Rosensweig Wendy Wasserstein

15
7 7
Laughter on the 23rd Floor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s

16
6 6
Having Our Say is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Having Our Say Emily Mann

17
6 6
Seven Guitars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Seven Guitars August Wilson

18
5 5
The Judas Kiss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
The Judas Kiss David Hare

19
5 5
Two Trains Running is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
August Wilson

20
8 9
Lettice and Lovage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Lettice and Lovage Peter Shaffer

21
5 6
Death and the Maiden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Ariel Dorfman

22
5 7
Conversations With My Father is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Conversations With My Father Herb Gardner

23
5 7
Moon Over Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Moon Over Buffalo Ken Ludwig

24
6 9
Skylight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
Skylight David Hare

25
4 7
Shadowlands is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the '90s
William Nicholson