Critics' Choice: Nov. 28, 1988

THEATRE

WAITING FOR GODOT. Samuel Beckett takes a backseat to inspired if intrusive clowning by Robin Williams and Steve Martin in a sold-out run at Manhattan's Lincoln Center.

EASTERN STANDARD. Insider trading, bag ladies, AIDS and the excesses of nouvelle cuisine -- everything '80s gets skewered, then sentimentalized, in a deft off-Broadway satire.

ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION. In John Patrick Shanley's Little Italy, all the women are worldly-wise, and all the men are moonstruck. John Turturro leads the cast of this chocolate-heart comedy at the Manhattan Theater Club.

BOOKS

THE HIGH ROAD by Edna O'Brien (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; $18.95). The Irish...

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