Taken as a whole, 2010 won't go down as one of the most extraordinary years for theater in NYC. Compared to the past three years, which saw such electrifying works as The Eaten Heart, Passing Strange, and The Confidence Man, there simply didn't seem to be quite as many "must-see" productions. But the highlights were as terrifically high as any other year, and, in our humble opinion, these were the ten best shows we saw in 2010, in order of excellence: Gatz, Chekhov Lizardbrain, Clybourne Park, The Aliens, Dusk Rings a Bell, Lear, Red, The Collection and A Kind of Alaska, The Little Foxes, and The Creditors. Click on the image for more on why these shows made NYC's theater scene one of the best reasons to pay the extortionary rent in this town.