October 9, 2003
Talk is action in the plays of George Bernard Shaw, and in Misalliance, the character of Hypatia is so fed up with "talk, talk, talk, talk," she yearns for "adventures to drop out of the sky," as her father puts it. That's exactly what happens in this 1910 comedy, which Shaw subtitled, "A Debate in One Act," and which, divided into two acts, is receiving a ripping, lively production under Irene Lewis' direction at Center Stage. Set at the country home of a successful, self-made underwear manufacturer, Misalliance allows Shaw to expound at length on the nature of marriage and relationships between parents and children, as well as his usual topics, such as socialism and feminism.
May 18, 2003
Elsewhere Dame Wendy Hiller , 90, one of Britain's finest actresses and George Bernard Shaw's chosen leading lady, died Wednesday in Beaconsfield, England. She achieved fame early in her career as a girl from the slums in the 1934 Manchester Repertory production of Love on the Dole. Following her appearance in Anthony Asquith's film version of Pygmalion, Ms. Hiller starred in 1941 in Mr. Shaw's Major Barbara. She won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Separate Tables (1958)
May 19, 2002
George Bernard Shaw thought the German Requiem by Brahms was so "execrably and ponderously dull that the very flattest of funerals would seem like a ballet, or at least a danse macabre, after it." Shaw, whose literary and humorous flair made him the most entertaining music critic of Victorian England (he still can't be beat for style), tried to put one more nail into the score's coffin by declaring that it could be "patiently borne only by the corpse." Few listeners agreed with the critic's relentless assaults on Brahms or the German Requiem, which has been widely embraced as a sublime masterpiece since its premiere in 1868.
November 8, 1999
"I tried to see it myself once and nearly died of it," George Bernard Shaw said of his play, "Man and Superman." A tough work to produce -- though definitely one of Shaw's best -- the four-act comedy is often staged without its lengthy third-act dream sequence.That sequence, which goes by the title, "Don Juan in Hell," has frequently been staged alone, perhaps most famously in a production that toured for two years in the early 1950s starring Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke and Agnes Moorehead.
May 23, 1999
George Bernard Shaw(1856-1950)A native of Dublin, Shaw championed the causes of socialism and vegetarianism among others; he expressed his theories in his writing.Shaw's fame across the globe gave him the freedom to speak and write freely. His name first became popular in connection with his music reviews. Shaw later wrote plays but his creations were too often censored or refused production. He then turned to writing plays that were to be read.He died at the age of 94 while at work on a comedy.
October 29, 1998
"Smash," Jeffrey Hatcher's loose adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's rather obscure 1883 novel, "The Unsocial Socialist," opens at Fell's Point Corner Theatre tomorrow. The play focuses on a die-hard Marxist millionaire who abandons his bride at the altar to re-invent himself as a laborer at a women's college.Directed by Tony Gallahan, this production stars Rich Espey as millionaire Sidney Trefusis, Melissa Blue as his abandoned bride, and Gwyn Hervochon as the school rebel.Show times at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 29. Tickets are $10 and $11. Call 410-276-7837.