The Theater: The Year's Ten Best

LIFE CLASS. In the drab, chilly setting of a mingy government-sponsored art class, British Playwright David Storey sounds a muted dirge for a dying civilization.

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? An admirable revival, with Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazzara, verifies that after 14 years this marital Walpurgisnacht has become part of the permanent canon of U.S. drama.

STREAMERS. Playwright David Rabe casts a compassionate eye on the combat zone of the psyche in this powerful finale to his Viet Nam trilogy.

THREEPENNY OPERA. A stylistically sardonic revival of the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill masterpiece.


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