The Philanderer

George Bernard Shaw had a lot of fun discussing the New Woman and marriage in this play. It all seems a bit dated now, but was undoubtedly scandalous at the time.

As usual, a good cast kept things moving along. Marla McLean as Grace Tranfield, Gord Rand as Leonard Charteris and Moya O’Connell as Julia Craven took the lead with great support from Michael Ball as Joseph Cuthbertson  and Ric Reid as Colonel Daniel Craven. Harveen Sandhu was noticeable as Sylvia Craven as was Jeff Meadows as Dr Percival Paramore.

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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 The Philanderer

  1. keithhpotter says:

    I liked this a lot more than I expected, and I credit that to both the directing and the actors (staging and lighting was good too, of course).
    The play really zinged along in the first act; Rand and O’Connell as the standouts, but with strong support from McLean. The next two acts sagged a bit, but still had more sparkle than I remember and Sandhu striding about gave the club scenes a boost, although it was still Rand who commanded the stage.
    The final act I had not seen before and certainly felt more modern than what went before, although the limitations (on divorce) it deals with have passed. No more reason to visit South Dakota!
    Good to see Shaw with the dust shaken off.

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