(Erik Piepenburg's article appeared in The New York Times, 12/30.)

Plays That Changed Your Lives

When Patrick Healy reviewed the new book “The Play That Changed My Life,” the review was accompanied by audio comments from some of the playwrights featured in the book about how their own works had affected their lives. We also asked readers to share their thoughts about shows that had been pivotal in their own lives.

The responses — more than 200 so far — range from Broadway musicals (“A Chorus Line,” “Annie”) to socially conscious works (“Rent,” “Angels in America”) to high school or community theater productions of classics (“The Glass Menagerie”).

Here are excerpts from some of those comments.

“Hands down, ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ with Vanessa Redgrave. I can’t even think of an adjective powerful enough to describe her intensity. The entire audience didn’t even breathe for the length of the show.” — Catherine

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times Marc Anthony, left, and Ruben Blades in the 1998 production of “The Capeman.”

“Without a doubt it would be ‘The Capeman.’ Though not a perfect production by any means, at 17 I was transfixed by the music and the performances and ended up seeing the show a dozen times.” — Melinda


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