Theater: Wet Dynamite

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright, by Peter S. Feibleman, is a little like a Negro Glass Menagerie. The widowed mother (Claudia McNeil) is a ferocious matriarch with a personality as forbidding as a medieval fortress. She has ringed her brood with a moat of make-believe, fearfully shielding them from the outside world. Her daughter (Ellen Holly) is retreating into a tormenting mental twilight of blinding headaches.

The tiger of the title (Alvin Ailey) is an inarticulate rebel, snarling and moping about the house. Mama pins her faith to a framed telegram, a next-of-kin death notice for another son killed in World War II,...

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