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...The Revolutionary War serves as the backdrop for this brilliant satire penned by Bernard Shaw. Self-professed ‘devil's disciple’ Dick Dudgeon (Mike Gwilym) -- who long ago scorned the piety and traditional values of his mother (Elizabeth...
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... and family are all targets for Shaw’s keen wit. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Tom Beyer, Joy Gregory, Roger Rees, Serena Scott Thomas, W. Morgan Sheppard, Eric Stoltz, Victoria Tennant, Tegan West and Douglas Weston....
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...Modern parallels abound in the plight of Cambridge-educated mathematics wiz Vivie Warren, who discovers that her comfortable upbringing was financed in unspeakable ways. Shaw pits a clever heroine against a memorable gallery of rogues...

Major Barbara

Written by

Bernard Shaw

and

Nicholas Grene

Edited by

Nicholas Grene

~playauthor~Written by~ Bernard Shaw , Nicholas Grene ~playauthor~Edited by~ Nicholas Grene

Methuen Drama, 2008

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Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 2, Roles: Total (15), Female (5), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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...Major Barbara is a play about power, religion and capital: Shaw’s story of a conversion contest between an arms manufacturer and a Salvation Army Major is a provocative dramatization of the relationship between money and morality....
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...It's 1885, and Raina's bourgeois Bulgarian family is caught up in the heady patriotism of the war with Serbia. The beautiful, headstrong Raina eagerly awaits her fiancé's victorious return from battle - but instead meets a soldier who seeks...
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...The blowhards, the know-it-alls, the scrupulous and the impecunious are all targets for Shaw’s incisive wit in his classic satire of the medical profession. A well-respected physician is forced to choose whom he shall save: a bumbling...
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...You Never Can Tell was originally born out of a bet that Shaw couldn’t write a “seaside comedy” (a popular theatrical genre at that time). The result is perhaps the most surprising of Shaw’s plays, complete with marital mayhem, tangled...
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...Shaw stands “do or die” melodrama on its head in this tale set during the American Revolution. A young hero who disdains heroism makes the ultimate sacrifice for honor and country. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring...

Pygmalion

Written by

Bernard Shaw

and

Leonard Conolly

Edited by

Leonard Conolly

~playauthor~Written by~ Bernard Shaw , Leonard Conolly ~playauthor~Edited by~ Leonard Conolly

Methuen Drama, 2008

New Mermaids

Playtext

Acts: 5, Roles: Total (12), Female (6), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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... into a more refined shape, Shaw creates brilliant comedy, as well as an engaging and provocative examination of class and women’s independence. The play premiered in German at the Hofburg Theatre, Vienna in 1913; its English premiere at His...

Saint Joan

Written by

Bernard Shaw

and

Jean Chothia

Edited by

Jean Chothia

~playauthor~Written by~ Bernard Shaw , Jean Chothia ~playauthor~Edited by~ Jean Chothia

Methuen Drama, 2008

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Playtext

Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (24), Female (2), Male (22), Unassigned (0)

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...Saint Joan is Bernard Shaw’s homage to one of history’s most iconic figures, Jeanne d’Arc. First performed in 1923 in New York, the play first premiered in London the following year, with Sybil Thorndike in the title role....