The Stage: Old Play, New Women

"A naughty play . . ." "Bitter tirade against women, bitter tirade against men . . ." "Great theater, great truth . . ." "Best play on Broadway." So critics first hailed Clare Boothe Luce's The Women, a play that made the reputation of every actress who played in it, from Ilka Chase to Marjorie Main, who had only a walk-on part, and, in the movie version, Rosalind Russell ("It changed my life completely"). Now 30 years and $50 million in box-office receipts later, The Women is one of the few Broadway hits to become a staple in repertory...

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