Pygmalion (Oct 2007)
OBC Claire Danes, Jefferson, Boyd Gaines, Jay O Sanders, Helen Carey -
American Airlines Theatre
Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts (1912) is a play by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a comment on women's independence, packaged as a romantic comedy. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion was the creator of a sculpture which came to life and was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story in 1871, called Pygmalion and Galatea. Shaw also would have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed.
Cast - Claire Danes, Jefferson, Boyd Gaines, Jay O Sanders, Helen Carey, Brenda Wehle, Kerry Bishe, Kieran Campion, Sandrs Shipley.
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