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

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 4 2017

It’s a cute enough idea—apply millennial attitudes to Louisa May Alcott’s 19th-century classic Little Women. In Chiara Atik’s version, the traditional narrative is infused with 21st-century awareness of race and gender. Jo (Aziza Macklin), for example, declares herself a lesbian, rejecting Laurie (Joe Lino) and refusing to “capitulate to the shackles” of her gender. Eventually she moves to New York to become a writer; her older sister Meg (Emily Lindberg) stays home having babies and becoming increasingly hostile. Amy (Francesca Atian) becomes an artist and moves to Europe; Beth (Jillian Leff), as in the original, is dying, though here her death is more an inconvenience than anything else—the sisters are too self-involved to care very much. Toward the end of this Cuckoo's Theater Project production there’s a shift in tone toward Alcott’s earnestness, but much of the show is cartoonish, a one-note joke. —Suzanne Scanlon

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