What's playing on stage this week
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Critic's Choice denotes a highly recommended production.
THE LAST WIFE
Women rule, in more ways than one, in this fitful production of Kate Hennig's labored contemporary treatment of the rise to power and influence of Katherine Parr, King Henry VIII's last wife. Nehassaiu deGannes illuminates the stage with a skillful, richly nuanced portrayal of a woman determined not only to survive but thrive in a male-dominated world. Lily Linke and Alicia Piemme Nelson also contribute significantly as Katherine's two stepdaughters, respectively, Mary and Bess, who would rule as Elizabeth I (10/19). Through Nov. 5. Evenings — Friday and Saturday at 7:30. Matinees — Saturday and Sunday at 2 (no performance Oct. 29). 2 hours, 32 minutes
WAM Theatre, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St. (Shakespeare & Company campus), Lenox. Tickets — start at $27. 413-637-3353; shakespeare.org; WAMTheatre.com
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