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Northern Belles

Critics often complain that playwright David Mamet has little use for female characters but in his newest work, Boston Marriage (now at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York), the ladies rule — and they certainly have the wardrobes for it. Kate Burton and Martha Plimpton are cast as a pair of 19th-century lesbians, ex-lovers, locked in a perpetual power struggle regarding Plimpton's decision to take a younger lover. Under the surface, however, it's Mamet business as usual; the

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