Theater: The Year's Best

Ashes. Out of the torment of a couple who cannot have the children they so dearly want, British Playwright David Rudkin fashions a drama that is too desolating for tears.

The Shadow Box. A group of terminal patients face death with pervasive fear and arresting dignity in this luminous play by Michael Cristofer. Launched at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and restaged at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, this play went on to Broadway to win the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, heartening proof of the growing strength and...

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