Best of Theater

(c)2011, Joan Marcus

1. War Horse

Boy gets horse. Boy loses horse. Boy finds horse. This London import is childlike in the best sense: narratively clear, emotionally naked and entranced with the visual possibilities of theater.

2. The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Director Diane Paulus' revival of the revered opera--which debuted in Cambridge, Mass., before a Broadway run--is respectful and is deftly staged and beautifully sung by a cast led by Audra McDonald.

3. Chinglish

David Henry Hwang's play about a naive American businessman is rich with laughs, but it's also a probing and nuanced study of the Chinese-American divide.

4. Death Takes a...

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