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A Time to Kill; Extraordinary Chambers; The Detective’s Wife

A Time to KillArena Stage, Washington, D.C.(202) 488-3300You get what you’d expect from the first stage production of one of John Grisham’s “cloak-and-gavel page-turners,” said The Washington Post. This “slickly efficient” drama about the murder trial of a wronged man is “easy to digest and decently filling,” but nothing distinguishes it from a thousand other legal thrillers.

Extraordinary ChambersGeffen Playhouse, Los Angeles(310) 208-5454Confusion is a natural response to David Wiener’s complicated new play about an American couple in Cambodia, said TheaterMania.com. The audience is at times purpose­fully made to feel as ignorant of the nation’s history as the protagonists are. Yet “if you’re willing to go along, you’ll be rewarded with an evening of real human drama.”

The Detective’s WifeWriters’ Theatre, Glencoe, Ill.(847) 242-6000Keith Huff’s clever mystery draws on elements of classic, psychologically rooted detective stories, said the Chicago Sun-Times. Yet in this one-woman show, it’s a slain policeman’s grieving widow, played with “fierce energy and conviction” by Barbara Robertson, who’s battling for her sanity and the truth.

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