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'The Bridges of Madison County' at the Ahmanson: After the seduction, the story drags

'The Bridges of Madison County' at the Ahmanson: After the seduction, the story drags

It happens so often in Iowa that the housewives have come to expect it: Moments after their husbands and children head off to the state fair, hunky photographers arrive, asking directions to picturesque bridges. The photographers have drifters’ souls and hide from true intimacy behind their cameras, but the brave, lonely housewives spark their hitherto-untapped passions, which flourish briefly before they must be renounced and mourned ever after.

At least it happens regularly in the Iowa of “The Bridges of Madison County,” first a bestselling novel by Robert James Waller, then a film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, and now a Broadway musical, which...

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