The Theater: The Year's Best

THE RIVER NIGER. The hymn-deep, groin-stabbing, laugh-lacerating life of the American black, rendered with love, anger and precision.

MEDEA. In her natal Greece, Irene Papas is known as Mavro Diamond (Black Diamond). Such was her Medea.

EL GRANDE DE COCA-COLA. An effervescent foolscap farce—it's the real thing.

WELCOME TO ANDROMEDA. The hero was almost totally paralyzed, but Ron Whyte's first play quivered with instinctual dramatic life.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Lovely to look at, delightful to listen to, this jewel box of a show won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best musical....

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