Best of '90: Theater

Cobb Playwright Lee Blessing sees in the spikes-flying style of baseball's Ty Cobb not only the professionalization of an amiable amateur game but also the emergence of an aggressive American Century. He made that thesis work on regional stages without overburdening the life story of a hero detested by his teammates.

Falsettoland The conclusion of composer-lyricist William Finn's brilliant minimalist trilogy about a man's struggle for sexual identity blends the same style of daffy Manhattan humor (about nouvelle kosher cuisine, opulent bar mitzvah parties and "the lesbians from next door") with the newfound and baffling pain of AIDS.

Hamlet In the...

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