The evening's second act, Desdemona, Paula Vogel's semicomic take on Othello, features energetic direction by Michelle Draeger and a trio of terrific actresses. Vogel's script contains about 30 short scenes, recasting Desdemona (Lauren Grace) as a pampered wife who has whored around with everyone but Cassio. Emilia (Ellen Scarpaci) is drawn as a conservative Catholic who submits to husband Iago even though she hates him, and Bianca (Gwen Lindsay) here becomes the crude, working-class madam of the local bordello. Grace gives Desdemona a proper British accent that belies her naughty streak, Scarpaci lends Emilia an earnest, unschooled Irish brogue, and Lindsay bleats out Bianca's gutter observations in a cockney burr while wearing too-tight PVC pants. (Lisa Peters' costumes couldn't be better.) All three have great comic timing, and the show is a lot of fun. However, Vogel's insights don't add up to much -- a patriarchal society causes women to be the victims of themselves as much as of men. Yet despite their failures, these two shows make for a worthwhile evening.