Jeff Smith 12:17 p.m., June 17
What a treat! Director Nicholas Martin and a stellar cast have given George Bernard Shaw's comic masterpiece vivid, funny, thought-provoking life. Robert Sean Leonard makes Henry Higgins a spoiled-brat genius with romper room energy; as Eliza, Charlotte Parry blooms and grows (beyond Higgins' reach, even). The supporting cast includes Craig Noel favorites: Paxton Whitehead, Kandis Chappell, Don Sparks, Deborah Taylor and they cavort as if to things Shavian born! Although Lerner and Loewe used much of the dialogue, people expecting the ur-My Fair Lady will be surprised. The play, especially the ending (with the director nicely complicates) does not conform to the musical.
- "Shaw's back in town — finally!" (Jan. 23, 2013)