Among the bitchy ladies of The Women are Heather Matarazzo ("Welcome to the Dollhouse," Servicemen), "Golden Girls" star Rue McClanahan and theatrical stalwart Mary Louise Wilson.
In Clare Booth Luce's The Women, Kristen Johnston stars as Sylvia Fowler, the most cosmopolitan and conniving of the play's many distaff schemers, gossips and cheats. Purportedly a good friend to Mary Haines, the virtuous and suffering wife played by Cynthia Nixon, Sylvia nevertheless talks endless dirt about her pal, who is in danger of losing her husband (never seen) to the cheap and flashy shop girl Crystal. Filmdom's Jennifer Tilly plays the vulgar counter jumper. The Women plays at the American Airlines Theatre through Dec. 30.