THEATER: TWIN TERRORS

IN TWO ASTRINGENT REVIVALS, THE PLAYWRIGHTS ARE THE STARS

Does serious drama still have a place on Broadway? The season just drawing to a close was hardly encouraging. Musicals like Rent and Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk generated most of the excitement. The few straight plays that succeeded at the box office typically boasted either a big star name--Carol Burnett in the lame farce Moon over Buffalo--or a flamboyant star turn--Zoe Caldwell as rampaging diva Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Master Class.

Edward Albee and Sam Shepard came of age in an era when playwrights could be stars too. Albee's excoriating family drama Who's Afraid of Virginia...

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