Women Beware Women | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Wealthy 16-year-old Bianca marries poor. Worse, her obsessive husband immediately leaves town and locks her up. The lecherous Duke spies her on her balcony, and the next day wealthy neighbor Livia lures Bianca to her home so the Duke can rape her—after which the momentarily mortified Bianca decides the Duke's riches are worth a few more rapes. Welcome to Thomas Middleton's sexually relativistic Jacobean world, where love is for saps, libidos run wild, passion is exchanged for advancement, and everyone ends up dead. Kathryn Walsh's good-natured production for Two Pence Theatre, dubiously dubbed the Chicago premiere of this 400-year-old-play, unspools amid an audience seated in an oversize Victorian parlor. The staging ups the intimacy and complicates the sight lines, but mostly reduces life-and-death maneuverings to a diverting parlor game. —Justin Hayford



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