Following-up on last week's post of repeatedly read books, here's a list of plays I've seen most. I excluded Shakespeare (both because the frequent performances would dominate the results and because I wanted to highlight modern works) but included "teleplays" written for TV (e.g., Potter).
Here's the titles, author, year it was first staged, American awards (if any) and the site of my initial encounter:
- Copenhagen, Michael Frayn (1998), Tony Best Play (Broadway)
- The Singing Detective, Dennis Potter (1986), Peabody (PBS)
- Assassins, Stephen Sondheim (1990), Tony Best Revival of a Musical (NoVa's Signature Theatre)
- Chess (original version), Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson (1986) (London) (the Broadway re-write was significantly worse and justly closed a week after I saw it, a run of two-and-a-half months)
- Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil/Herbert Kretzmer (English language opening 1986), Tony Best Musical (London)
- Noises Off, Michael Frayn (1982), Drama Desk Outstanding Ensemble (Broadway)
- The Norman Conquests (three parts), Alan Ayckbourn (1973) (Broadway)
- Jersey Boys, Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe (2005), Tony Best Musical (Broadway)
- Amadeus, Peter Shaffer (1979), Tony Best Play (Broadway)
- Our Town, Thornton Wilder (1938), Pulitzer (High School)
I was surprised half my favorites were musicals, and half the playwrights English. Six on the list (numbers 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 10) employ some version of the "play-within-a-play" device, which always thrills me.
Assistant Village Idiot plumps for Tom Stoppard, who wrote my 12th favorite play, in comments and a post of his own.