The Women | Circle Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2011
Price: $22-$26
Infidelity is the dominant theme and bitchiness the dominant mode in Clare Booth Luce's classic comedy about a klatch of spoiled society women served by a chorus of wisecracking maids and shopgirls. Social mores have changed since the play's 1936 premiere, but its one-liners still dazzle. (To a woman who's just announced she's pregnant with her fifth child: "Are you Catholic or just careless?") The supporting performances in Jim Schneider's Circle Theatre staging are awfully, um, broad, and Elizabeth Wislar's costumes look cheap and poorly constructed. But the production pulls itself together when it matters, with the help of Zev Steinberg's cat-fight choreography, Jhenai Mootz's poised take on the play's beleaguered heroine, and Hayley Rice's turn as a woman who's managed to extend her mollycoddled infancy into adulthood. --Zac Thompson



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