The Theater: Women Bloody Women

LADIES AT THE ALAMO by PAULZINDEL

There are dragon ladies breathing fire on the stage of Broadway's Martin Beck Theater. Paul Zindel has conceived of a raw, strident all-woman power struggle for control of a regional theater called the "Alamo" in Texas City, Texas. The bitchy confrontations in his play make the feline spats in Clare Boothe Luce's The Women sound like the popping of ladyfingers.

The chief monster woman, Dede Cooper (Estelle Parsons), is a pioneer zealot of regional theater, and she has nursed the Alamo into its present quarters, a huge...

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