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As the first U.S. Congresswoman from Connecticut, a speaker for the Republican party and editor of Vanity Fair, Clare Booth Luce was well-known for her humorous and disparaging view of both genders. "What else can a woman do with her youth but give it to a man?" she once asked, but she also wrote the 1930s hit The Women, which tells a biting story about a cheating husband, his wife's discovery, her subsequent quest for independence and the network of gossiping friends that comments on it all. Under the direction of John McIlwee, University Theatre opens its season with a production of The Women on August 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 at 8 p.m. and August 13 and 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $11 for N.C. State faculty/staff, senior citizens and students, and $5 for N.C. State students. For details, go to www.ncsu.edu/arts or call 515-1100.

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"A pageant of babies, jaguars, mighty hunters, custodians, dogs, ringleaders, sniveling weasels and an old medicine woman" will invade the Forest Theater for A Very Old Unfinished Story by Paperhand Puppet Intervention (pictured above). The play, part of WideAwake Theater Company's Forest Theater Festival, is written and directed by Paperhand's Donovan Zimmerman, with musical direction by John Dyer. Zimmerman has created lots of new giant puppets, masks and marionettes for the occasion. The Forest Theater is outdoors on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The shows go on at 7 p.m. August 11-13, 19 and 25. $5 donation. Call 990-2599. --Linda Burnham

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