I just saw this show 12_5_2009. It was a pleasure. The whole cast is a delight and the director deserves a standing ovation. I was not familiar with this play but I knew Shaw can be very wordy and full of speeches and I had some apprehensions about an early work. Getting the talented cast to spin through the lines like a concert pianist ripping through a fast complicated piece as if it wasnt difficult was a delight to behold. Ive seen too many period/classical pieces done with a reverence that kills the joy the makes a work come to life. This play came to life with the wit, pathos, satire my favorite and charm that make playgoing fun and thoughtful. To continue my rave review, if the timing were a drop less , 1 drop, it would be painful to watch, it wasnt. At one point I imagined I could hear the director telling the cast these words are music and this is the, fast, rhythm that make them come to life. After the show I asked a staff member if she saw rehersals, she said yes, and asked her if the director use any musical references to direct and she said, he said." the words are like arias". Wow! It worked. Thanks again for a fun evening.
Misalliance on Saturday, Dec 12th, 2009