Take 5


1. “The Iceman Cometh” – It’s by Nobel Laureate and four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill. Can I look past one Pulitzer Prize in good conscience? Sure. Two? Of course. But four? I don’t think so, buddy. – Steve Coons

2. “Stomp” – I like it because it operates under the basic principle that everything is an instrument. – John Collins

3. “True West” – I’ve never seen it performed live, but I’ve read it several times and it’s great each and every time. I did happen to catch a video of John Malkovich and Gary Sinise in the roles before they were famous and that made it even better. Sam Shepard can do no wrong in my opinion. – Trevor Hale

4. “The Phantom of the Opera” – I was raised listening to the soundtrack and saw the play live in London when I was 15. The music is so deeply emotional and gorgeous, the gothic-ness of the story is very attractive and a little satire never hurt anyone. The movie is great, but everyone should see “Phantom” live8212;it’s definitely an experience. – Christie Franke

5. “Les Misérables” – It’s a classic for a reason. I’ve seen it twice8212;once on Broadway and once at our own Pioneer Theater8212;and it was stunning both times. I used to be a huge theater geek but now this is the only musical soundtrack I will unabashedly listen to in public. – Alyssa Bailey