The Theater: Witchy Laugh Potion

THE WOMEN by CLARE BOOTHE LUCE

This is a vigorous, thoroughly entertaining revival of Clare Boothe Luce's saucy 1936 saga of bare-knuckled Eves. Interestingly enough, the play is something of a rarity in terms of the U.S. theater's comic tradition in recent decades. We have grown accustomed to kooky comedy, sight-and-gag comedy, situation comedy and even black comedy. But Mrs. Luce writes social comedy.

The genre disappeared after World War II because the class structure mirrored in the play came to an end with that event. Implicit in the play is a great divide between superiors and inferiors, patricians and plebeians. However...

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