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Critics loved it! "Engaging Shaw is exactly that...a spirited and intelligent combat of words and sparkling banter." - Variety
"Exactly the type of work that nonprofit theaters dedicated to producing new plays and musicals should be doing - arresting, intellectually stimulating." - Stephen Wells, The New York Times
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2015 STRATFORD PLAYERS Performances
FEB 22 - Our "Black Tie" Bash Wear what you wish - we'll provide the black ties! APR - Engaging Shaw By John Morogiello - a staged reading directed by Kathleen Walker (see below) JULY - Run For Your Wife A British comedy by Ray Cooney directed by Marsha Kennedy SEP - Will In The Woods IV An outdoor full production of all new selections from Shakespeare DEC 1, 7, 8 - A Holiday Surprise!
April'sEngaging Shaw - the Story There’s great fun in watching witty people fall in love. While some of us sputter in shyness, the well-spoken are infinitely more appealing as they bat bons mots back and forth. “Engaging Shaw” is just such a matchup, a charming romantic comedy featuring four razor-sharp tongues. If there’s a minute of the play that’s less than clever, you’ll be hard pressed to find it. The story, which follows the real-life courtship of George Bernard Shaw and Charlotte Payne-Townshend in the late 1800s, starts with Shaw as a philandering bachelor, spouting revolutionary ideas and extolling his virtues. “You can’t think what delightful agony it is to be in love with me,” he tells Charlotte, both warning and welcoming her to fall for him. She does, of course, under the watch of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, two matchmakers eager to marry off their friends while furthering their own interests. - Ken Jaworowski, NY Times
2014 STRATFORD PLAYERS Performances
FEB 9 & 16 - A Staged Reading of The Elizabeth Chronicles by Marsha Kennedy MAY 17, 18, 24, 25 - A full production of Tennessee Williams’ Night of the Iguana JULY 26 thru AUGUST 10 - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang SEP 6, 7, 13, 14 - Outdoor full production of Will In The Woods III (all new selections from Shakespeare) NOV 30 & DEC 6, 7 - A Staged Reading of the comedy Calendar Girls by Tim Firth
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