Theater: Best of '88: Theater

CHESS London's frantic multimedia hit was rewritten for Broadway as a tender, doom-struck musical meditation on how East-West politics crush individuals. Trevor Nunn's trademark cinematic staging gave narrative clout to the best rock score ever produced for the theater.

THE COCKTAIL HOUR Playwright A.R. Gurney is at his peak in this charming Wasp family comedy about a writer's relatives yearning for privacy, transplanted intact from San Diego's Old Globe. Nancy Marchand glows as the slightly sozzled matriarch.

DINNER AT EIGHT The classic dawn-of-the-Depression satire was hauntingly revived by New Haven's Long Wharf Theater. A superb cast of 24 included Elizabeth Wilson...

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