Theater: Double, Trouble and Bubble

Off Broadway mounts half a dozen varied pleasures

That perennial invalid, Broadway, is faring better this season but hardly thriving. The theater year started more than nine months ago, with the cutoff for last spring's Tony Awards. It has produced only two new American plays that are still running. Add two London imports and three revivals--one of which, Blood Knot, closes this week--and there you have it: the total of non- musical survivors on the Great Gray Way. Why, then, does New York City seem abuzz with theatrical vitality? In large part because Off Broadway is providing a satisfying mix of star turns, ensemble work, deft new writing and...

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