The Best Theater of 1999

1 THE ICEMAN COMETH For all its faults, Eugene O'Neill's lumbering meditation on the human condition still puts to shame most of what passes for playwriting today. And Howard Davies' beautiful production from London brought it alive for a new generation. Kevin Spacey put fresh sparks into the role of Hickey, the salesman who sets out to rid the denizens of Harry Hope's bar of their illusions. But nearly every cast member contributed to an electrifying evening.

2 CONTACT How to get the ailing Broadway musical off life support? Director Susan Stroman and writer John Weidman have an answer: Cut out...

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