The short description of Pygmalion might be ‘My Fair Lady without the music.’ That explanation would truly be a disservice to George Bernard Shaw. Although I love the musical, especially the movie version with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, for its pageantry and catchy tunes, it does not fully capture the radical aspects of Shaw’s play. He intricately and entertainingly interlaced multiple social platforms together. Shaw tackles feminism, classism, morality and family economics. The timeless content is stillthought-provoking and fairly controversial. Despite the serious messages for reform, the dialogue cackles with humor. And under the masterful direction of Robert Scogin, the transformation from flower girl to duchess is delivered with Brit wit, Cockney charm, and proper English snobbery.
Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.
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