Great American Plays

Here is a list for my acting studio – certainly not meant to be THE definitive list of every great American play ever written – however it’s a comprehensive list that includes my favorites and many top critics’ picks.  This is a living document and will be added to in the future so please keep checking!


A Steetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams

The Crucible – Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – Edward Albee

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams

Our Town – Thornton Wilder

Angels in America – Tony Kushner

Long Day’s Journey into Night – Eugene O’Neill

A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry

Twelve Angry Men – Reginald Rose

Glengarry Glen Ross – David Mamet

The Odd Couple – Neil Simon

Proof – David Auburn

The Lion in Winter – James Goldman

You Can’t Take it With You – Moss Hart

Brighton Beach Memoirs – Neil Simon

Arsenic and Old Lace – Joseph Kesselring

All My Sons – Arthur Miller

Doubt – John Patrick Shanley

‘night, Mother – Marsha Norman

Harvey – Mary Chase

The Children’s Hour – Lillian Hellman

The Man Who Came to Dinner – Moss Hart

Six Degrees of Separation – John Guare

Mourning Becomes Electra – Eugene O’Neill

Wit – Margaret Edson

The Heidi Chronicles – Wendy Wasserstein

How I Learned to Drive – Paula Vogel

M. Butterfly – David Henry Hwang

Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams

The Iceman Cometh – Eugene Oneill

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds – Paul Zindel

Buried Child – Sam Shepard

August: Osage County – Tracy Letts

The Skin of Our Teeth – Thornton Wilder*

The Elephant Man – Bernard Pomerance

Steel Magnolias – Robert Harling

Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhry

Fences – August Wilson

The Goat, or Who is Silvia? – Edward Albee

The Zoo Story and Other Plays – Edward Albee

The Front Page – Ben Hecht

Crimes of the Heart – Beth Henley

The Foreigner – Larry Shue

A Few Good Men – Aaron Sorkin

The Piano Lesson – August Wilson

Four Plays – William Inge

Oleanna – David Mamet

Ah, Wilderness! – Eugene O’Neill

Strange Interlude – Eugene O’Neill

The Emperor Jones – Eugene O’Neill

A Moon for the Misbegotten – Eugene O’Neill

Lost in Yonkers – Neil Simon

The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk

Same Time, Next Year – Bernard Slade

Curse of the Starving Class – Sam Shepard

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – Tom Stoppard

I am My Own Wife – Doug Wright

A Piece of My Heart – Shirley Lauro

The Shape of Things – Neil LaBute

The Diviners – Jim Leonard

The Little Foxes – Lillian Hellman

A View from the Bridge – Arthur Miller

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You – Christopher Durang

Fool For Love – Sam Shepard

Beyond the Horizon – Eugene O’Neill

American Buffalo – David Mamet

The House of Blue Leaves – John Guare

The Country Girl – Clifford Odets

Silvia – A. R. Guerney

Fat Pig – Neil LaBute

A Delicate Balance – Edward Albee

Incident at Vichy – Arthur Miller

Biloxi Blues – Neil Simon

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

The Philadelphia Story – Phillip Barry

for colored girls who have considered suicide – Ntozake Shange

The Nerd – Larry Shue

As Is – William M. Hoffman

The Teahouse of the August Moon – John Patrick

I’m Not Rappaport – Herb Gardner

Born Yesterday – Garson Kanin

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

Lips Together Teeth Apart – Terrence McNally

This is Our Youth – Kenneth Lonergan

(*Did it in high school – not one of my favorites but it’s considered an American classic…)