Best In Show: August, Dividing the Estate and Gypsy Top 2007 "Best of" Lists

News   Best In Show: August, Dividing the Estate and Gypsy Top 2007 "Best of" Lists Tracy Letts' August: Osage County leads the roundup of year-end "Top 10" and "Best of" lists in various New York publications. Other front-runners include Off-Broadway's Dividing the Estate and the City Center Encores! production of Gypsy, which is heading to Broadway in March.

Other shows to surface on a number of lists include Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry, David Harrower's Blackbird and St. Ann's Warehouse staging of the National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch.

Following is a list of 2007's top theatrical contenders (by publication):

The Associated Press' Michael Kuchwara:
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August: Osage County
Radio Golf
The Seafarer
Gypsy
Dividing the Estate
Dying City
Peter and Jerry
Rock 'n' Roll
The Receptionist
Xanadu

Entertainment Weekly's stage editor Melissa Rose Bernardo:
1. August: Osage County
2. Dividing the Estate
3. The Seafarer
4. The Homecoming
5. King Hedley II
6. Frost/Nixon
7. Gypsy
8. Speech & Debate
9. Mauritius
10. 100 Saints You Should Know

New York Newsday's Linda Winer:
1. The Homecoming
2. Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia: Salvage, Rock 'n' Roll)
3. Cyrano de Bergerac
4. Peter and Jerry
5. Journey's End
6. August Wilson (The Signature Theatre retrospective, Radio Golf)
7. The Farnsworth Invention
8. Hair
9. Lovemusik
10. Beckett Shorts The New York Sun's Eric Grode:
1. Black Watch (St. Ann's Warehouse)
2. August: Osage County
3. The Taming of the Shrew(Brooklyn Academy of Music)
4. Journey's End
5. Gone Missing
6. Hokaibo (Lincoln Center Festival)
7. The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience)
8. Rock 'n' Roll
9. Dividing the Estate
10. Gypsy (City Center)

Honorable mentions: Blackbird, The Brig, The Brothers Size, The Fever, Marat/Sade, A Midsummer Night's Dream in Central Park, Naked in a Fishbowl (Fringe Festival), Oliver Twist, The Seafarer and Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell.

The New York Times' Ben Brantley:
(in alphabetical order, plays only)
Blackbird
Black Watch
Cyrano de Bergerac
Dividing the Estate
Dying City
Frost/Nixon
The Homecoming
Journey’s End
Rock 'n' Roll
The Seafarer

The New York Time's Charles Isherwood:
(in alphabetical order, non-Broadway only)
August: Osage County (Steppenwolf Theater Company)
City Center Encores! (Face the Music, Stairway to Paradise, Follies, Gypsy)
Barbara Cook and the New York Philharmonic
Dividing the Estate
Dying City
Gone Missing
In The Heights and Passing Strange
The Metropolitan Opera
Ohio State Murders
Peter and Jerry

The Star-Ledger's Michael Sommers:
(in alphabetical order)
August: Osage County
Black Watch
The Coast of Utopia
Frost/Nixon
Gypsy
Jack Goes Boating
Passing Strange
Peter and Jerry
Scarcity
The Seafarer

Time Magazine's Richard Zoglin:
1. August: Osage County
2. Journey's End
3. Fuerzabruta
4. The Overwhelming
5. Hamlet (Wooster Group)
6. Pygmalion
7. Grease
8. The Farnsworth Invention
9. Eurydice
10. Intimate Exchanges

TimeOut New York's theatre editor David Cote:
1. August: Osage County
2. Black Watch
3. The Overwhelming
4. God's Ear
5. Blackbird
6. The Receptionist
7. Ode to the Man Who Kneels
8. 1001
9. The Coast of Utopia
10. The Misanthrope

TimeOut New York's theatre writer Adam Feldman:
1. August: Osage County
2. Rock 'n' Roll
3. Iphigenia 2.0
4. The Receptionist
5. The Fever
6. The Coast of Utopia
7. 100 Saints You Should Know
8. Oh, the Humanity and other exclamations
9. 1001
10. Dividing the Estate

TimeOut New York's theatre writer Helen Shaw:
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The Argument
Coram Boy
Drum of the Waves of Horikawa
God's Ear
Krum
No Dice
The Oresteia
Particularly in the Heartland
The Fall and Rise of the Rising Fallen
Translations
Un hombre que se ahoga

Honorable mentions: Church, Journey's End, Lulu, The Merchant of Venice, Must Don't Whip 'Um, Peter and Jerry, Philoktetes, The Seafarer and Xanadu.

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