The Theater: This Year's Best Plays

SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS. Alone, heart-hungry, frightened, a group of strangers in a bar receive the balm of compassion which is always implicit in a play by Tennessee Williams.

THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND by Tom Stoppard. A spoof of mystery thrillers and drama critics that is cleverer than Sleuth.

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON by Jason Miller. At a 20th reunion of a championship basketball team, the silvery trophy of the now paunchy players holds ashes of their lives.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. The Shakespeare classic becomes a beguiling musical, transplanted to the U.S. of the Teddy Roosevelt era.

OH, COWARD! All that glitters is gold in this...

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