If the only version of The Women you've seen is the contemporary film starring Meg Ryan, you owe it to yourself to see the Clare Boothe Luce stage version. Set in the 1930s, the play features Crystal, a devious sex kitten bent on snagging herself a husband, even if it's someone else's. Standing in her way is Mary, a rather meek, unexciting wife. Surrounding the two are several women friends who gossip, get gossiped about, marry and divorce their own cheating husbands, and in general encourage Mary to grow a backbone. Filled with witty, sharp-tongued dialogue and larger-than-life females in glorious costumes, The Women is a delicious trip back to a time when women dipped their sharpened nails into blood-red polish - the better to scratch each other's eyes out. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. February 28. Through March 13. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest. For information, call 713-661-9505 or visit www.theatresouthwest.org. $13 to $15.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 19. Continues through March 13, 2010