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The Fox The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 14 2008

Allan Miller's adaptation of a D. H. Lawrence novella captures the sexual symbolism woven throughout Lawrence's oeuvre--perhaps too well. Nellie and Jill, two Englishwomen in a Boston marriage, find their lives at a remote farmhouse upended by the arrival of a raffish and domineering young soldier home from World War I. A fox is devouring their poultry, and the remaining hens won’t lay (get it?). Lawrence's irritating insistence on the primacy of male sexual prerogatives as the driving social force is on display here, and Susan Burke's staging doesn't quite negotiate the terrain between Sapphic-hysterical camp and somber tragedy. But the performances--particularly Leavey Ballou as insightful but needy Jill, the femme half of the couple--deliver a satisfying wallop. --Kerry Reid

Price: $18-$20

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