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The 50 Best Plays Ever Written

Ultimately, it comes down to what constitutes the "best." Certainly there's the longevity of a given piece's popularity. Of course this relates wholly to any given play's universality, and so, both of these factors were part of the decision-making process while compiling the list that follows.
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Hamlet
Hamlet
2
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Long Day's Journey Into Night
3
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
4
Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman
5
Oedipus Rex
Oedipus Rex
6
Angels in America (Tony Kushner)
Angels in America (Tony Kushner)
7
The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
8
Look Back in Anger by John Osborne
Look Back in Anger by John Osborne
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9
A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
10
Woyzeck (Georg B├╝chner)
Woyzeck (Georg Büchner)
11
Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
12
The Bald Soprano (Eugene Ionesco)
The Bald Soprano (Eugene Ionesco)
13
Hedda Gabler
Hedda Gabler
14
The Homecoming
The Homecoming
15
Machinal (Sophie Treadwell)
Machinal (Sophie Treadwell)
16
Fences
Fences
17
Uncle Vanya
Uncle Vanya
18
Tartuffe
Tartuffe
19
What the Butler Saw (Joe Orton)
What the Butler Saw (Joe Orton)
20
Uncommon Women and Others
Uncommon Women and Others
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21
This Is Our Youth
This Is Our Youth
22
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
23
The Normal Heart (Larry Kramer)
The Normal Heart (Larry Kramer)
24
Topdog/Underdog (Suzan-Lori Parks)
Topdog/Underdog (Suzan-Lori Parks)
25
Candida (George Bernard Shaw)
Candida (George Bernard Shaw)
26
Playboy of the Western World (J. M. Synge)
Playboy of the Western World (J. M. Synge)
27
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
28
Awake and Sing (Clifford Odets)
Awake and Sing (Clifford Odets)
29
The School for Scandal
The School for Scandal
30
Stuff Happens (David Hare)
Stuff Happens (David Hare)
31
Life With Father
Life With Father
32
Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
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33
Cloud 9
Cloud 9
34
Volpone (Ben Jonson)
Volpone (Ben Jonson)
35
Our Town
Our Town
36
Ruined (Lynn Nottage)
Ruined (Lynn Nottage)
37
The Vortex (Noel Coward)
The Vortex (Noel Coward)
38
She Stoops to Conquer
She Stoops to Conquer
39
Mother Courage and Her Children
Mother Courage and Her Children
40
John (Annie Baker)
John (Annie Baker)
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