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Lysistrata Jones; The Friends of Eddie Coyle; Penelope

Lysistrata JonesWalter Kerr Theatre, New York (212) 239-6200Moving up to Broadway, this high-energy twist on a sex comedy by Aristophanes remains “mostly pure helium” said The New York Times. Even so, Douglas Carter Beane’s peppy musical about cheerleaders and basketball players offers “tasty substance beneath the froth.”

The Friends of Eddie CoyleOberon, Cambridge, Mass.(617) 496-8004Reading George V. Higgins’s dialogue-rich 1970 novel about a Boston gunrunner was almost like watching a play to begin with, said The Boston Globe. Watching this new stage version is just as heart-pounding. The supporting players are a little weak, but Paulo Branco “has the right moves” as Coyle. He’s virtually electric.

PenelopeSteppenwolf Theatre Co., Chicago(312) 335-1650Enda Walsh’s “delicious riff” on a subplot of The Odyssey is “one of those word-drunk, overstuffed shows” that keeps your head buzzing for days, said the Chicago Tribune. Walsh depicts Penelope’s suitors as aging “wannabe Lotharios” in Speedos, deftly exposing the folly of their vanity.

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