Best of 1991:Theater

1 DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Broadway).

The best ensemble cast since Nicholas Nickleby, performing the most elegant and rueful memory play since Broadway Bound, if not The Glass Menagerie. In a weary and mutually tolerant Irish family of five sisters and a brother, playwright Brian Friel finds a whole world, pagan and Christian, ancient and modern, savage and sedate. Through a lifetime of theatergoing, one would be lucky to see acting any better than this.

2. LOST IN YONKERS (Broadway).

A superb tragicomedy in which Neil Simon unflinchingly revisits the time in his childhood when he and his brother had to live...