32 Plays You Need To Read Before You Die
"The play’s the thing," because plays are the best.
Plays that should also be on there: Ruined by Lynn Nottage, Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance, The Seafarer by Conor McPherson. And a whole lot of other things.
I would argue that most of these should be seen, not read. Reading shows like Noises Off is pretty close to pointless. Plays are meant to be performed - the best way to consume them is as an audience member. I mean, the snippet for the link even says “The play’s the thing.” If you read and actually understood Hamlet (or better yet, if you watched it), you would recognize that this line is from a speech where Hamlet is basically saying, “I know Claudius is guilty, but we don’t have forensic scientists to help me prove that, and ghosts don’t talk, so the only way I can make everyone else believe me is by putting on a play that explains what happened to my father.” The play’s the thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king. In context, this phrase means a whole lot more! Plays aren’t novels; they’re meant to be performed. Go see some theatre.
Add to this list: Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner.