The October season preview issue of American Theatre just went up online, and it's a keeper. There's a meaty, provocative interview with Clybourne Park's Bruce Norris (available online here; alas, my critical sidebar on the play, with quotes from four directors who've mounted it, is only in the print edition, so pick up a copy), a gorgeous spread about the Prague Quadrennial, a gut-busting interview with Reggie Watts (also print only), and oh so much more.
But we all know what y'all really pick up the annual October issue for: the Top 10 list, in which we rank the plays that will be most produced in the coming theater season at TCG members nationwide (at least those who bothered to get us their schedule info by the deadline; I've learned that since we put together this list, another member theater let us know about its production of Clybourne Park, which would have made it onto this list—an awkward oversight, but one that points up our disclaimer that this "Top 10" is only a snapshot of the coming season). Without further ado, my people:
Red by John Logan (23 productions)Over to you, theatro-blogosphere.
God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (23)
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl (13)
The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow from Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock (11)
Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies (11)
Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts (11)
To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee (8)
Spring Awakening, by Steven Sater (book and lyrics) and Duncan Sheik (music), adapted from Frank Wedekind (7)
Race by David Mamet (7)
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts (7)