Don't buy 'Pygmalion' in a poke

May 31, 2011|By Mike Giuliano

Everybody knows the Broadway and movie musical “My Fair Lady.” But not everyone is as familiar with its literary source.

It all began with George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play “Pygmalion.” With characteristic wit, the great playwright-philosopher probed the English class structure.

Things get interesting when know-it-all professor Henry Higgins decides to undertake the re-education of a poor Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle. Can simply learning to speak like a lady upgrade her station in life?

Of course, Professor Higgins gets quite an education himself before it’s all over.

It’s such a clever comedy that theater-goers looking for an evening as entertaining as it is educational should consider the creditable new production at Everyman Theatre, at 1727 N. Charles Street in Baltimore.

“Pygmalion” continues there through June 19. However, when making your ticket arrangements, be sure that your spelling and pronunciation are correct. You don’t want Henry Higgins criticizing you!

Call 410-752-2208 or go to

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