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Classical theaters, like many places, have a women problem. But when a guy like Shakespeare was so prodigious in his lifetime and women were generally told to stay home and raise children, the gap between genders, while not acceptable, is understandable. Area theaters will start righting this wrong in the upcoming city-wide Women’s Voices Theater Festival; Shakespeare Theatre Company is taking a first step by focusing its annual ReDiscovery Series on lesser-known works by female playwrights. The series begins tonight with Chains of Dew, a 1922 play by Susan Glaspell about a man whose wife and girlfriend, both frustrated with his behavior, start a branch of the Birth Control League in his living room. Acclaimed for its treatment of women and gender relations, the play has achieved historical significance but remains unknown to casual theatergoers. After tonight’s reading, directed by local favorite Holly Twyford, that won’t be the case any longer. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 F St. NW. Free; reservations required. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.