The Madwoman of Chaillot

Rated 3.0

Though this political and social satire by French playwright Jean Giraudoux was written in 1943, notably during World War II—and not performed until after the playwright's death in 1945—it's fascinating to pick out the modern parallels that Ovation Stage director Penny Kline refers to as a “parable for our times.” Unfortunately, there tend to be so many swirling, buzzing characters—such as singers, musicians, a fortune-teller, a juggler, a mime and a flower girl—constantly milling about, that they become distractions to a main storyline that's puzzling to begin with. F, Sa 8pm; Su 2pm. Through 6/1. Ovation Stage at the California Stage, 2509 R St.; (916) 606-5050;