September 26, 2008
Coward’s Approach ; Shaw to Concentrate on British Playwright Next Season
By COLIN DABKOWSKI
The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., seems to have a crush on Noel Coward.
Careful not to diverge too far from its mission to present the work of the festival's namesake, George Bernard Shaw, the company will present two plays by the Irish playwright. The first is "The Devil's Disciple," Shaw's only play set in the United States, which looks at the Revolutionary War-era struggles between the American colonies and England. The second is Shaw's 1939 satire "In Good King Charles's Golden Days."
Following this year's well-received productions of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" and "Follies," the festival will produce the lauded composer's much-loved musical "Sunday in the Park With George."
John Osborne's "The Entertainer" will receive a limited-run production in the Festival Theatre Rehearsal Studio. The festival will also produce Garson Kanin's comedy "Born Yesterday," Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay's "Albertine in Five Times," and the Eugene O'Neill classic "A Moon for the Misbegotten," along with its annual reading series and educational seminars.
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