The book is an annual favorite of theatre students and those outside of New York City who don't have immediate access to Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals. It's viewed as a major pulse-taking of American theatre, and is packed with facts, essays and perspective.
"The Best Plays" of 2007-08 were chosen from Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions of new plays that opened between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008. The choices were made by editor Jeffrey Eric Jenkins after consultation with the "Best Plays" editorial board, Misha Berson, Christine Dolen, Sylviane Gold, Robert Hurwitt, John Istel, Chris Jones, Charles McNulty, Julius Novick, Christopher Rawson, Alisa Solomon, Jeffrey Sweet, Anne Marie Welsh, Linda Winer and Charles Wright.
"The Best Plays of 2007-2008" are (in alphabetical order): Adding Machine by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt (essayist, Jeffrey Sweet); August: Osage County by Tracy Letts (essayist, Chris Jones); Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote (essayist, Garrett Eisler); eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (essayist, Celia Wren); The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin (essayist, Christopher Rawson); 100 Saints You Should Know by Kate Fodor (essayist, John Istel); The Receptionist by Adam Bock (essayist, David Cote); Rock 'n' Roll by Tom Stoppard (essayist, Charles Wright); The Seafarer by Conor McPherson (essayist, Charles McNulty); Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang (essayist, Dan Bacalzo).
In addition to the usual ten, Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry— now known as At Home at the Zoo — is honored with a Special Citation in an essay by Michael Sommers.