If music be the food of love, play on. If love is found at festivals, go see the plays.
One of the world’s great theatre festivals is inspired by the one of the world’s great theatre artists: George Bernard Shaw. As a dramatist and social reformer, Shaw wrote some of the most compelling and provocative plays of the 20th Century. The Shaw Festival presents his work, as well as those of playwrights whose work continues to challenge the status quo.
For this season, first up is Ragtime, based on E.L. Doctorow’s sweeping turn-of-the-century American saga. Shaw’s The Millionairess is comedy with a bite, as Epifania Ognisanti di Parerga tears her way through love. Terence Rattigan’s comedy French Without Tears takes on beautiful young people behaving badly. And then there is Hedda Gabler, Ibsen’s master tale of stifled passion and ironic contempt.
All this in a perfect festival setting.
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