NEW YORK (AP) -- ''The Goat,'' Edward Albee's provocative work about an unusual relationship, was named best play by the New York Drama Critics' Circle.
Voting was close, with three ballots required to choose a winner. The group declined May 7 to give an award for best musical or best foreign play. The Circle has the option of giving a best American or best foreign play award, depending on what wins the best-play prize.
Members also voted to give Elaine Stritch a special award for her autobiographical one-woman show, ''Elaine Stritch at Liberty.''
The following are members of the New York Dra-ma Critics' Circle:
Clive Barnes and Donald Lyons, The New York Post; Ben Brantley and Bruce Weber, The New York Times; Michael Feingold, The Village Voice; Robert Feldberg, The (Bergen, N.J.) Record; Elysa Gardner, USA Today; Ken Mandelbaum, Broadway.com; John Heilpern, The New York Observer; Charles Isherwood, Variety; Howard Kissel, Daily News; Michael Kuchwara, The Associated Press; Jacques le Sourd, Gannett Journal-News; Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter; David Sheward, Back Stage; Michael Sommers, Star-Ledger/Newhouse Newspapers; John Simon, New York magazine; Linda Winer, Newsday; Jason Zinoman, Time Out New York; Richard Zoglin, Time.
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