The Best Plays Theater Yearbook
Welcome to the official website of The Best Plays Theater Yearbook, the annual chronicle of United States theater founded by Burns Mantle in 1920. The 2007–2008 edition of the Best Plays series is now available in bookstores and at online merchants such as Amazon.com. Click on a cover above to order yours now. Read the Introduction (in PDF format) for free now. We are currently behind schedule on the release of the Best Plays series, but we have books for the 2008–2009, 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 seasons in the editing and production pipeline.
If you are a theater lover, librarian, practitioner, critic or historian, the annual Best Plays book is the most comprehensive tool available to help track United States theater—in New York and around the country. The editors encourage queries regarding subscription to the series, which is now in its 89th consecutive year of publication. The series is published by Limelight Editions, an imprint of Hal Leonard Publishing.
Support generously provided by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
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Former editors include such eminent theater critics as our founder, Burns Mantle, John Chapman, Louis Kronenberger and Henry Hewes. Our most recent and longest-serving editor was the distinguished former critic and arts editor of the New York Herald Tribune, Otis L. Guernsey Jr. Mr. Guernsey served as editor of Best Plays from 1964 to 2000, overseeing 36 volumes of the book and making an unparalleled contribution to the body of knowledge on theater in the United States. For his outstanding work on behalf of United States theater, Mr. Guernsey was inducted to the Theater Hall of Fame on January 29, 2001. He died suddenly on May 2, 2001.
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