Even within the rats' nest of burning issues that preoccupy Catherine Filloux's Dog and Wolf, male-female combat dominates, as a prim, paraplegic, public-interest lawyer (John Daggett) tries to rescue a strong-minded Bosnian woman (Nadia Bowers) from the bureaucratic maze of applying for political asylum. He can't, it turns out, rescue her from the churning internal mixture of survivor guilt, homesickness, and revenge fantasy that fuels her post-genocidal stress syndrome—nor himself from his own, more private, post-traumatic issues. The risk Filloux takes in trying to weave what's basically a social drama into an acridly sentimental celebration of this meeting of traumatized minds produces a rather grimly textured, oddly askew valentine, staged capably but somewhat flatly by Jean Randich. Dale Soules's sharply etched portraits often make three minor characters seem more intriguing than the leads.

Brain-hooking melodies: Elena Shaddow and James Snyder in Fanny
Joan Marcus
Brain-hooking melodies: Elena Shaddow and James Snyder in Fanny

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Fanny
By S.N. Behrman, Joshua Logan, and Harold Rome
City Center Encores!
(Closed)

Happy Now?
By Lucinda Coxon
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters
59 East 59th Street, 212-279-4200

Dog and Wolf
By Catherine Filloux
59E59 Theaters
59 East 59th Street, 212-279-4200

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