Watch Now: Excerpts From the 25 Best New American Plays

Watch Now: Excerpts From the 25 Best New American Plays
Watch Now: Excerpts From the 25 Best New American Plays

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.”


Topdog/Underdog

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.

An Octoroon

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.


The Humans

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.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Anna Deavere Smith as Maxine Waters.


House/Lights

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.

The Laramie Project

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.

The Apple Family Plays

Stripped-down dramas, stripped to their essence.

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