There’s no substitute for seeing a play performed. But even a short recording can give you a strong impression.
Here are excerpts, in audio and video, from some of the plays our critics named the best since “Angels in America.”
Follow the money in this face-off between brothers named Lincoln and Booth.
The Vagina Monologues
Countless women have delivered these monologues. But here’s Eve Ensler, the first.
The staging takes its cues from the 19th century, but the sensibility is entirely now.
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
You’ll never see “The Simpsons” the same way again.
The Designated Mourner
Skip ahead to 12:25 for a taste of the inimitable Wallace Shawn.
You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll feel better about your own family Thanksgivings.
This Is Our Youth
Mark Ruffalo and Josh Hamilton, the original stars, in peak stoner form.
Anna Deavere Smith as Maxine Waters.
Signature Wooster Group: multimedia sensory overload.
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
A killer and a prison guard. We found 78 seconds without profanity (almost). It took some doing.
Skip to the 49:00 mark to watch Laura Linney mask bigotry with politeness.
August: Osage County
An aging poet in decline holds forth to a cleaning woman. You’ll get the idea right away.
Stripped-down dramas, stripped to their essence.