Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Best of the New York Stage in 2015

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Best of the New York Stage in 2015

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In what's been a very good year, here are my 12 -- rather than the usual 10 -- picks for the best New York stage productions of 2015. They fall into two groups: The first six stood out; the second sextet was extremely worthy, but a smidgen below.

1. "Hamilton" - Everybody's top choice, deservedly. Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical, which dressed up American history in new clothes, is a rare case in which (imaginative) conception and (artful) execution perfectly combined. Presenting the nation's Founding Fathers through a contemporary sensibility, the show was a thorough triumph.

2. "Skylight" -- The revival of David Hare's intimate drama about the complicated, on-and-off relationship of an older man and a younger woman had the audience hanging on every word, thanks to irresistible performances by Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan.

3. "A View From the Bridge" -- A second compelling play revival, this one made special by director Ivo van Hove, who created a stripped-down, bare-stage production that gave Arthur Miller's drama about jealousy and betrayal the elemental power of a classical tragedy.

4. "Fiddler on the Roof" -- You might think you know the popular 1964 musical, but this moving, insightful production, directed by Bartlett Sher and starring a hugely appealing Danny Burstein as Tevye, opened unexpected windows on the lives of Jewish villagers in 1905 Russia.

5. "The Humans" -- Stephen Karam's play was profound in its ability to capture the drama of ordinary lives. A bittersweet portrait of the way we live now, it presented a middle-class American family gathered for Thanksgiving, with most of them, ironically, struggling financially due to the nation's economic inequities. Originally produced off-Broadway, it will move to Broadway next month.

6. "Eclipsed" - Another off-Broadway success headed to Broadway (in February), Danai Gurira's play looked at a very different contemporary issue: the plight of women in strife-torn countries. …

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