Stritch Continues to Feature in Year-End Top Ten Lists

News   Stritch Continues to Feature in Year-End Top Ten Lists The country's magazines and newspapers have begun to turn out their year-end issues, including the obligatory lists rating artistic events of the last twelve months. Among these are a few "best of" tallies taken from the world of theatre.

The country's magazines and newspapers have begun to turn out their year-end issues, including the obligatory lists rating artistic events of the last twelve months. Among these are a few "best of" tallies taken from the world of theatre.

Among those coming in for early praise are Elaine Stritch's one-person show At Liberty, The Producers and Metamorphoses. And receiving a surprising amount of brickbats is Edward Albee's once fairly well-received The Play About the Baby. John Simon of New York magazine was particularly kind to Playwrights Horizons, with three of the company's productions making his "best of" list.

Following are a selection of those highly opinionated (are highly variegated) honor rolls. (This article is being updated daily as new lists roll in).

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Critic Howard Kissel’s top 10:
1. A Class Act
2.The Credeaux Canvas
3. Elaine Stritch: At Liberty
4. 42nd Street
5. The Invention of Love
6. Major Barbara
7. Metamorphoses
8. Noises Off
9. The Producers
10. Ten Unknowns

Critic Robert Dominguez’s Top Ten (Off-Broadway):
1. Bat Boy, the Musical
2. A Skull in Connemara
3. The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith
4. Lobby Hero
5. Eat the Runt
6. Topdog/Underdog
7. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
8. Speaking in Tongues
9. True Love
10. Passion Play USA TODAY
Best Top Ten:
1. The Producers
2. Metamorphoses
3. Major Barbara
4. King Hedley II
5. The Seagull
6. Bat Boy: The Musical
7. Sexaholix!
8. The Invention of Love
9. The Dance of Death
10. Where's My Money?

Worst Top Ten:
1. Urban Zulu Mambo
2. Wonder of the World
3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
4. Madame Melville
5. A Class Act
6. By Jeeves
7. The Dog Problem
8. Crimes of the Heart
9. Urinetown!
10. If You Ever Leave Me ... I'm Going With You!

TIME MAGAZINE
Top Ten Plays of the Year:
1. Metamorphoses
2. Topdog/Underdog
3. The Producers
4. The Glory of Living
5. The Last Five Years
6. Elaine Stritch at Liberty
7. King Hedley II
8. Urinetown
9. 42nd Street
10. The Drawer Boy
And the worst of the year: The Play About the Baby

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
Critic John Simon's best (and worst) of 2001
Best:
The Credeaux Canvas
Elaine Stritch: At Liberty
Lobby Hero
The Spitfire Grill
The Syringa Tree
Worst
Charles L. Mee's First Love, True Love, and Big Love
Harold Pinter Retrospective at Lincoln Center
The Play About the Baby
Thou Shalt Not
Topdog/Underdog

—By Robert Simonson