by Philippa Wehle
NEW YORK THEATRE WIRE WRITERS CHOOSE
TEN BEST SHOWS OF 2001-2002 SEASON
New York Theatre Wire has once more asked its reviewers to choose their top ten shows opening between May 1, 2001 and May 1, 2002, On, Off- and Off-Off Broadway, and to list them in order of importance based on artistic merit alone. This year, an unprecedented nine NYTW writers participated in the balloting. The publisher always disqualifies himself ex officio. Our "Top Ten" represents such an intriguing spread of shows, from new plays to adaptations and one women shows, that it was impossible to detect a trend. Of interest, however, is the fact that four of the shows in the top ten began in "downtown" theaters and moved "uptown" (Reno's "Rebel Without a Pause," "Top Dog/Underdog," "Elaine Stritch: at Liberty" and "Urinetown"), and "Metamorphoses" was so popular that it moved from the Second Stage to Circle in the Square.
"Top Ten" Shows of the 2001-2002 Season
Edward Albee's "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" (Golden Theatre)
Ivan Turgenev's "Fortune's Fool" (Music Box Theatre)
Horton Foote's "The Carpetbagger's Children" (Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theatre, Houston's Alley Theatre, moved to The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theate)
Reno's "Rebel without a Pause" (La MaMa E.T.C., moved to The Zipper Theatre)
Elaine Stritch's "Elaine Stritch: at Liberty" (Public Theater, moved to Neil Simon Theatre)
Suzan Lori-Parks' "Topdog/Underdog" (Public Theater, moved to Ambassador Theatre)
Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of Ovid's "Metamorphoses" (Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre, various regional theaters, Second Stage, moved to Circle in the Square Theatre )
Strindberg's "Dance of Death" (Broadhurst Theatre)
Company B Belvoir Theater Company's adaptation of Tim Winton's "Cloudstreet" (BAM)
Greg Kotis' and Mark Hollman's "Urinetown" (New York International Fringe Festival, American Theater of Actors, moved to The Henry Miller)
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