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'The Wife' review: Glenn Close rises to the occasion in rocky literary marriage

'The Wife' review: Glenn Close rises to the occasion in rocky literary marriage

An unusually good adaptation of an unusually good novel, “The Wife” is a wizard of strategy, building an underground arsenal of resentments, evasions and fireworks for an 11th-hour confrontation that neither comes out of the blue nor feels predictable or hackneyed. But let’s talk about Glenn Close first, and Jonathan Pryce second, and a few other things.

Close, who is 71, as is Pryce, has played a rich array of characters since she came on the national scene in “The World According to Garp” many years ago. The protagonist of novelist Meg Wolitzer’s stealthy, witty novel, published in 2003, calls for a series of masks and false fronts, and an actress formidable yet subtle enough to...

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