Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-01-17
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

THEATER REVIEW Pygmalion
by Mary Shen Barnidge
2016-12-20

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Playwright: George Bernard Shaw. At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $42.50-$52.50. Runs through: Jan. 8

The musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play was a romantic comedy because that's what musicals do best, but because musicals also require Big Stars to draw audiences, its leading male was old enough to be the leading female's grandfather, setting a perplexing precedent for decades to come. The Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, however, returns to the play that Shaw wrote for its text.

The story is still that of the girl from the London slums looking to improve her lot and the professor who re-invents her as a high-society lady simply by altering her speech, but playgoers are quickly deterred from focusing on the sexual element in this relationship. ( Indeed, modern audiences may be surprised by the extent to which the teacher and his sponsor are compelled to deny any unsavory intentions toward their pupil. ) In this production, the implementation of their scheme is instead presented as a lesson in diverse—and just as often, contradictory—lifestyles.

Thus, the educated Henry Higgins, whose hobby enables him to augment his inherited income, exercises his privilege through slovenly grooming habits. vulgar language and an incorrigible disregard for polite discourse, adopting more circumspect habits only when his mentorly capacities mandate a show of civility. By contrast, as the ambitious Eliza's education progresses, she becomes increasingly convinced that independence, if not prosperity, comes easier to hardscrabble working-class women like herself than to her patrician sisters whose options are even more circumscribed. ( Observing the offspring of a family blue of blood and thin of purse, whose only escape from poverty is to marry well, she declares "I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself." )

Kelsey Brennan renders up a suitably charming and slyly perceptive Eliza, while Nick Sandys' home-grown English accent continues to make him the go-to actor for brainy-Victorian-Brit roles. Their incisive repartee is tempered by commentary from Annabel Armour as Higgins' formidable mother, Laurie Larson as his practical housekeeper and Peter A. Davis as his associate Colonel Pickering, Shaw's portrait of the true gentleman ( to whom all men are gentlemen and all women, ladies ).

Hindsight informs us that a World War will soon demolish superficial barriers based in economics and ancestry—a theme that director Shawn Douglass underlines by framing our play in the wistful reminiscences of an older Eliza—but in the meantime, we can applaud the enthusiasm with which the sheltered Eynsford-Hill siblings embrace that same young upstart's street vernacular ( including an obscenity never before uttered on the stage until the play's premiere ), much as the youth of later eras would eagerly affect the argot of ghettos and juke joints.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

2018 MFA Lab theater tackles race, culture, sexuality Wirtz Center 2018-01-22 - EVANSTON, Ill. —- The next generation of American theater directors and designers team up for the 2018 MFA Lab series Feb. 9 through ...


Gay News

Contemporary takes on legendary playwright William Inge coming to Eclipse Theatre 2018-01-22 - Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Company, the only theatre company in the Midwest to focus on a single playwright each season, has announced that they ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Traitor 2018-01-22 - Playwright: Brett Neveu At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: $30-$35. Runs through: Feb. 25 ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Pioneering gay comic Bob Smith dies 2018-01-21 - Bob Smith—the first openly gay comedian to appear on the Tonight Show—has died after a long struggle with ALS, according to Deadline.com. He ...


Gay News

'Insurrection' echoes Nat Turner's life through present day 2018-01-17 - Try to define playwright Robert O'Hara's Insurrection: Holding History would likely result in confusion. "I've been describing it, like, the playwright ...


Gay News

Julia Sweeney show through March 18 2018-01-17 - Saturday Night Live veteran, author, actor and TED- talk veteran Julia Sweeney will make her stand-up debut this January in a new workshop ...


Gay News

Charles Busch at Pride Arts Jan. 21-22 2018-01-17 - Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold-out shows at Pride Arts ...


Gay News

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World-premiere plays start bright and early 2018-01-17 - It might have been the mild snows in the last few years that finally persuaded theater companies to acknowledge winter as a time ...


Gay News

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Winter classics "true and reimagined 2018-01-17 - The classics—usually meaning plays by dead playwrights which have withstood the test of time—sometimes can be "reimagined" ( to use an au courant ...


Gay News

THEATER SPOTLIGHT My Kinda '60s 2018-01-17 - Playwright, performer and drag legend Charles Busch ( Psycho Beach Party, Die Mommy Die ) returns to Chicago to perform My Kinda '60s. ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.