1 Kiss of the Spider Woman. Better than the movie, bolder than the book, this brassy musical centers on a homosexual flirtation in an Argentine prison. Scenes of torture crosscut to film fantasies with hunks and feathers. Comebacks for star Chita Rivera, director Harold Prince, composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, plus a stellar debut for Brent Carver in a show asserting there can be no freedom without sexual freedom.

2 Sunset Boulevard. Disappointing in London, where it played as a tragedy, Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest has been reborn in Los Angeles as a gothic comedy. Glenn Close dispels her...

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