It was not a particularly rich year in the theater, although there were riches here and there for the taking. Tiny Source Theatre may have pulled off the most adventurous coup of the year by sponsoring the local appearance of the Zagreb Theatre Company from Yugoslavia, which performed its stark drama, "The Liberation of Skopje," outdoors in the street.

Stephen McHattie and Stanley Anderson literally hit the heights at Arena in "K-2," a drama about two climbers stranded on the second highest peak in the world, and Ming Cho Lee's soaring set was easily the most majestic of the year. With "Animal Crackers," an old Marx Brothers musical, Arena went bonkers and scored a second bull's-eye, which it then followed up with a third, Tom Stoppard's daffy "On the Razzle." "Animal Crackers" and "On the Razzle" were staged by Douglas Wager, who was the director to watch in 1982.

Zoe Caldwell astounded Eisenhower Theater audiences with her exotic portrayal of "Medea," and then proceeded to win a Tony Award in New York. The Center also did very nicely by A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room," a warm study of our changing culture, as reflected in our table manners. And the city responded to Liv Ullmann's luminescence as Mrs. Alving in Ibsen's "Ghosts," although the play seemed a pale shadow of itself in the Eisenhower.