By Karen Leigh
Updated February 04, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST
Liz Lauren

Director Robert Falls’ innovative staging of Desire Under the Elms, a 1924 drama about a family of squabbling farmers, isn’t your typical Eugene O’Neill. There’s bathtub nudity, sex on a kitchen table, and a looming, airborne house set more befitting the witches of Wicked. As the frosty patriarch, Brian Dennehy does his usual O’Neill shtick — think Willy Loman with a plow — and Pablo Schreiber is solid as the son who covets his father’s bride. But it’s Gugino, speaking in a honeyed Southern drawl as a tortured trophy wife, who provides this show’s beating heart. (312-443-3800) A?

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