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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Natasha, Pierre ... leads top 10 favorite 2016 shows from Broadway, Off-Broadway and NY Fringe

DC Theatre Scene: My list of ten favorite shows on New York stages in 2016 reflect two unmistakable trends – the use of the stage to present important current issues facing the country, and shows that innovate in artistic form.

If these seem like very different trends, an argument can be made that they are both in reaction to this surreal election year.

Some shows that fit the bill of socially conscious or artistically innovative, or both, aren’t on this list, simply because they weren’t my favorite. The most obvious example is Richard Nelson’s trilogy “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family,” which was admirable in many ways, but which didn’t hold me the way his earlier, similar trilogy about the Apple family had.

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