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<em>The Women; Fifty Words; Kafka on the Shore</em>
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The Women
Old Globe Theatre, (619) 234-5623
Forget the current movie remake of Claire Boothe Luce’s 1936 play, said Bob Verini in Variety. Darko Tresnjak’s production of the original stage play is no Sex and the City spinoff. Rather, the director focuses on “the specific satirical aims” everywhere evident in this “minor gem among American comedies of manners.”

New York
Fifty Words
Lucille Lortel Theater, (212) 279-4200
Two fine theater actors, Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel, “furiously flail away” as a couple whose marriage collapses overnight, said Michael Sommers in the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger. While both “believably navigate the drama’s physical and emotional demands,” Michael Weller’s melodrama turns out to be “a disagreeable time for everybody.”

Chicago
Kafka on the Shore
Steppenwolf Theatre, (312) 335-1650
Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s novel is “endlessly complicated, occasionally incomprehensible, and quite beguiling,” said Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune. The multiple, elliptical narratives involving characters such as Johnnie Walker, Colonel Sanders, and a talking cat are “inestimably cerebral” yet theatrically engaging.

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