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The Year in Theater


Debut
Zoe Kazan
After a brief appearance in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie a year ago, young Zoe Kazan dazzled in a pair of performances this fall: an obnoxious kid falling to pieces in 100 Saints You Should Know and a wary recovering alcoholic in Things We Want. She makes lightning changes of mood and seems to be allergic to easy choices, and if she feels any fear, she’s hiding it extremely well.

Stinker
Local Revivals of the Classics
During another year in which major productions of classic plays were neither common nor impressive, it fell to the British director Edward Hall to remind New Yorkers what the great plays can do, dazzling a BAM crowd with his fierce and hilarious all-male Taming of the Shrew. By and large, topflight classical theater remains a horrible inversion of Broadway, in which the out-of-towners wow the locals.


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