The key thing to remember about this is that it is the one where he plane crashes into the conservatory!  And in this production it does so with great style to reveal Tara Rosling as Lina Szczepanowska.
Thom Marriott, sporting a full head of hair, is perfect in the role of Tarleton, referring everyone to the particular author who can provide insight on any problem. Ben Sanders is outstanding as Bentley Summerhays. His performance could easily have slid over the top, but he kept it in control even as he launched into one tantrum after another.
At the beginning, I was not sure Krista Colosimo was right for Hypatia, but it came together as the play progressed. I think it was her costume that put me off – it did not seem to fit the rest of the family. But eventually I forgot about it, as she took over the role.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Misalliance

  1. Keith Potter says:

    I always forget this play isn’t about Szczhepanowska; she does have perhaps the two biggest speeches, but the play does really revolve around Hypatia, whose “Buy him for me, Daddy” has to be the great line of the play. In this production, however, it was hard for anyone else to stand up to Marriott’s Tarleton – the “life Force” personified!
    Of course, a play with all those proposals is really about marriage.
    I really should read about Shaw and find out if he followed Summerhays Jr.’s lead and flew off with an independent, (domineering?) woman.

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