Theater: Best of '86: Theater

BIG DEAL Bob Fosse's sinuous choreography and inspired staging of classic songs -- including a sardonic, syncopated chain-gang rendering of Ain't We Got Fun -- highlighted a witty, rueful and all too short-lived musical about bumbling burglars and reluctant romance in Depression-era Chicago.

BROADWAY BOUND Jokemeister Neil Simon has proved himself an artist in the trilogy that began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues. He reaches a pinnacle in this comic yet unflinching reflection on his parents' troubled marriage and the psychic origins of his own career.

EMILY Stephen Metcalfe's farce at San Diego's Old Globe Theater slyly sent up...

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