Designing Women

Clare Booth Luce's The Women may not be 100% politically correct--its portrayal of the so-called gentle gender is far more tart than sweet--but the recent production of the 1936 play at Washington, DC's Arena Stage seduced even the most PC audiences, like a dazzlingly beautiful, tough-talking, wisecracking femme fatale.

Luce's story follows the internal workings of a group of women in the high-style, moneyed world of the 1930s New York City elite. And if, as director Kyle Donnelly has

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