The Mistress Cycle Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 8 2009

This beguiling, sophisticated concept musical--a remount of Apple Tree Theatre's 2007 regional premiere--examines the consorts, concubines, and courtesans who provide men with the sympathy and sensuality lacking in their marriages. The superb all-woman cast (including the marvelous Susie McMonagle) plays such real-life characters as Anais Nin, 19th-century New Orleans madam Lulu White, and Diane de Poitiers, lover of 16th-century French king Henry II. Beth Blatt's intelligent libretto is set to gorgeous music by Jenny Giering, whose work variously recalls Adam Guettel, Jeanine Tesori, Michael John LaChiusa, and Laura Nyro. Director Kurt Johns's alternately refined and bawdy production unfolds on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre, with viewers also seated onstage. This is thought-provoking, high-quality, offbeat musical theater. --Albert Williams

Price: $15-$49

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