Critics' Choice: Sep. 5, 1988

THEATER

RICHARD III. Ontario's Stratford Festival shows why it has become the biggest repertory company in North America in this robust 51-actor staging. Colm Feore cackles, skitters and charms as Shakespeare's bottled-spider King.

BROADWAY BOUND. Joan Rivers acts? Yes, and she does just fine as the mother in Neil Simon's subtle, thoughtful and funny look at his youth.

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'. The joint is jumpin', again: the jubilant Fats Waller songbook that won three 1978 Tony Awards returns to Broadway with the original cast.

BOOKS

WHEAT THAT SPRINGETH GREEN by J.F. Powers (Knopf; $18.95). Father Joe Hackett, assigned in the late 1960s...

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