Theater: Best of 84: Theater

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. The American dream is a swindle, an overpriced parcel of Florida swampland peddled by shark-eyed salesmen. David Mamet's message is sour, but his ear-to-the-gutter dialogue is monstrously entertaining. A 1984 Pulitzer prizewinner.

THE HUMAN COMEDY. William Saroyan's novel of homespun Americana packed little wallop as the book for this pop cantata, but the profligate melodiousness of Galt MacDermot's score and a dozen engaging actors just about sent audiences humming and floating out of the theater.

HURLYBURLY. The evil of banality: this is the subject of David Rabe's comedy of modern bad manners. His men are Peter Pan's lost...

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