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Oh Pshaw!

There have been few productions of George Bernard Shaw plays in the last decade. He's currently at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in Educating Shaw, a play about his unconventional courtship of Charlotte Payne-Townshend.

Some favorite quotations from the Old Curmudgeon:

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time."

"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."

"When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth."

Apropos of these times: "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

"Why should we take advice on sex from the Pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!"

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

"I'm sorry this letter is so long. I didn't have time to make it shorter."

A Native American elder described his own inner struggles in this manner: 'Inside of me are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.' When asked which dog wins, [the elder] reflected for a moment and replied, 'the one I feed the most.'

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."

"You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream of things that never were and say 'Why not?'"

A postscript:

Shaw (to Winston Churchill): "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play. Bring a friend...if you have one.'

Churchill: "Cannot possibly attend first night. Will attend second, if there is one."

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There have been few productions of George Bernard Shaw plays in the last decade. He's currently at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in Educating Shaw, a play about his unconventional courtship of Charlotte Payne-Townshend.

Some favorite quotations from the Old Curmudgeon:

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time."

"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."

"When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth."

Apropos of these times: "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

"Why should we take advice on sex from the Pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!"

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

"I'm sorry this letter is so long. I didn't have time to make it shorter."

A Native American elder described his own inner struggles in this manner: 'Inside of me are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.' When asked which dog wins, [the elder] reflected for a moment and replied, 'the one I feed the most.'

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."

"You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream of things that never were and say 'Why not?'"

A postscript:

Shaw (to Winston Churchill): "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play. Bring a friend...if you have one.'

Churchill: "Cannot possibly attend first night. Will attend second, if there is one."

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If your first sentence refers to productions of Shaw's plays, it would appear that you are overlooking the Avo Theatre productions of ARMS AND THE MAN and YOU NEVER CAN TELL which both took place in the last decade. Or does Vista not count?

Aug. 5, 2011

Oops. My bad.

Aug. 5, 2011

While there is no reason why Jeff Smith needs to like Shaw, it is hardly the case that his plays have virtually disappeared from the stage. For several years PROJECT SHAW in New York has been presenting monthly staged readings of every play in the Shavian canon: when a cycle is finished, they start again. A very similar enterprise, SHAW CHICAGO, shows no sign of folding its tents. The SHAW FESTIVAL at Niagara on the Lake has been putting on at least a couple every summer for the past fifty years. Anyone tracking the "Google Shaw Alert" will find news practially each week of new productions of one or two Shavian dramas --and not only those best known. In association with the NATIONAL TRUST, Michael Friend Productions presented two plays by Shaw in 2010 and plans two more this year. If all this constitutes neglect, not a few prominent dramatists would be happy to suffer it.

Aug. 10, 2011

Where does it say I don't like Shaw? I pointed out that San Diego hasn't seen much Shaw, especially in the major theaters, in the last decade. I bemoan that fact in this week's review.

Aug. 10, 2011

except for his humour i wonder about Shaw's relevance in this time

Pygmalion was one of the better ones

the kind of protagonist in them really don't exist anymore...at least i hope they don't...lol

Aug. 10, 2011

now we're talking!

Aug. 14, 2011

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