Best Of

Best Theater for New American Plays


Yes, the stage is a tiny shoebox, the lobby is claustrophobic, and it’s actually in Tribeca. But under Sarah Benson’s artistic direction, Soho Rep‘s three-play season has been reliably adventurous. Nearly every show this company has developed in recent seasons has been a much-talked-about event — and that’s in a town chockablock with new playhouses. From Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon to Nature Theater’s No Dice to Lucas Hnath’s Death of Walt Disney, Soho Rep has matched the shrewdest authors with productions that don’t take modes of dramatic fiction for granted. With another promising lineup this season — premieres from Debbie Tucker Green, Anne Washburn, Marcus Youssef, and James Long — this resourceful company is steadily advancing the American play into terra incognita.