Time Magazine Picks Theatre Top 10

News   Time Magazine Picks Theatre Top 10 Time magazine picked the musical Rent as number one on its annual survey of The Best Theatre of 1996 -- one of the few mass-circulation magazines to offer such a survey. Five of the shows on the list were seen on Broadway.

Time magazine picked the musical Rent as number one on its annual survey of The Best Theatre of 1996 -- one of the few mass-circulation magazines to offer such a survey. Five of the shows on the list were seen on Broadway.

The unbylined story continued with the following list:

2) The Beckett Festival presented Off-Broadway by Dublin's Gate Theatre.

3) Chicago: The Broadway revival directed by Walter Bobbie and starring Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey. Originated at Off-Broadway's "Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert" series at New York's City Center.

4) By Jeeves: The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Alan Ayckbourn musical that had its US premiere at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in Connecticut. 5) Venus: Suzan-Lori Parks' drama about the so-called "Hottentot Venus" who titillated 19th century London. Presented at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

6) A Delicate Balance, Gerald Gutierrez' Lincoln Center Theatre revival of the Edward Albee drama, starring Elaine Stritch, George Grizzard and Rosemary Harris.

7) Buried Child: Gary Sinise's revival of the Pulitzer-winning Sam Shepard drama, which transferred from Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre to Broadway.

8) Randy Newman's Faust: David Mamet reportedly helped Newman on the libretto of his new musical that updates the Faust legend to the world of contemporary football.

9) One Flea Spare: Naomi Wallace's portrait of life during the 1665 London plague, as presented in the new American plays festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY.

10) Bring in 'da Noise/ Bring in 'da Funk: Savion Glover's and George C. Wolfe's survey of a century of black life in America -- as told through dance, especially tap.

Time exulted, "What a year for musicals!"

Want to write your Top 10 -- or just your favorite theatre experiences of 1996? Playbill On-Line will post them here! E-mail your list to Robert Viagas at robert_viagas@playbill.com. Results will be posted starting Dec. 28.

-- By Robert Viagas

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