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Stage on Screen: The Women (2002)

Roundabout Theatre's 2001 stage production of Claire Boothe Luce's all-female play `The Women;' aired on PBS.


Jay Sandrich


Clare Boothe Luce (play) (as Clare Boothe)


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Credited cast:
Jason Alexander ... Himself - Host
Cynthia Nixon ... Mary Haines
Kristen Johnston ... Sylvia Fowler
Jennifer Tilly ... Crystal Allen
Rue McClanahan ... Countess DeLage
Jennifer Coolidge ... Edith Potter
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Morehead
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Bruce Susan Bruce ... Miss Watts / Second Saleswoman / Second Woman
Jennifer Butt Jennifer Butt ... Olga / A Fitter / First Girl
Lynn Collins ... Miriam Aarons
Jane Cronin Jane Cronin ... Miss Fordyce
Jen Davis ... First Model
Mary Bond Davis Mary Bond Davis ... Maggie
Hallie Eisenberg ... Little Mary (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Lisa Emery ... Nancy Blake


Roundabout Theatre's 2001 stage production of Claire Boothe Luce's all-female play `The Women;' aired on PBS.

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18 June 2002 (USA) See more »

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Well-mounted version of a rather silly play
22 January 2003 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

Long popular with audiences and actresses alike, "The Women" plays as a ridiculous period piece today. The bitchy dialogue is fun for a scene or two, but eventually it becomes a case of diminishing returns. The story revolves around a group of idle society women gossiping, trading husbands, and gossiping about trading husbands. Clare Booth Luce's attitude toward her characters is an enigma: one moment she's clearly ridiculing their idle pettiness, the next clearly admiring their resilience in a powerless state. This production of the play is a high-quality one; the only casting complaint I have is Kristen Johnston. While she's undeniably both a comedic tornado and a good actress, she overwhelms her part here. Best among the cast is Jennifer Coolidge, who has become one of the most important comedic character actresses in Hollywood today. All this talent is pretty much wasted in this fluff piece, however; even viewed as an artifact of a different time "The Women" is of no great impact.

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