Ten dramatic tales tapped legit’s ‘Best’

Two musicals chosen for annual list

“Best Plays of 2000-2001,” the annual chronicle of U.S. theater, has selected 10 dramatic works for its current edition.

The eight plays and two musicals chosen are Rebecca Gilman’s “Boy Gets Girl,” August Wilson’s “King Hedley II,” Tom Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love,” Kenneth Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero,” Simon McBurney’s “Mnemonic,” Adam Rapp’s “Nocturne,” Edward Albee’s “The Play About the Baby,” Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s “The Producers,” David Auburn’s “Proof” and Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman’s “Urinetown: The Musical.”

Selections were made from among productions of new plays that opened in Gotham between June 1, 2000 and May 31, 2001. “Best Plays” editor Jeffrey Eric Jenkins picked the 10 after consultation with the publication’s editorial board, which includes Robert Brustein, Tish Dace, Christine Dolen, Mel Gussow, Robert Hurwitt, John Istel, Chris Jones, Julius Novick, Michael Phillips, Christopher Rawson, Alisa Solomon, Jeffrey Sweet, Linda Winer and Charles Wright.

Burns Mantle founded the annual “Best Plays” theater yearbook in 1920.