First Nighter: George Kelly's "Fatal Weakness" Not Fatally Weak

September 15, 2014 10:45 PM

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In Craig's Wife, George Kelly's 1925 play subsequently filmed twice with Rosalind Russell and then Joan Crawford as the title figure, the woman in the chilling character study is someone so compulsively involved with achieving perfection in a well-appointed home that she's sealed herself off from actual life.

In The Fatal Weakness, George Kelly's 1946 vehicle for Ina Claire and now revived at the Mint after 68 years, Ollie Espenshade (Kristin Griffith) is a spoiled rich woman who initially looks as if she could be Harriet Craig's younger sister. Like Mrs. Craig, she's so off-putting that it very soon see...

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