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Pygmalion

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Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Delightful

About the show

Bedlam brings their innovative, stripped-down aesthetic to Shaw's classic comedy about a professor who strives to convert a low class London girl into someone who can pass as a member of high society.

Based on the classical myth, 'Pygmalion' plays on the complex issue of class in a social world. When Professor Henry Higgins comes across a poor and uneducated Cockney girl named Eliza Doolittle, Higgins makes a bet that he can take Eliza from the gutters of London and pass her off as a society lady. Higgins soon discovers that the task involves more than simply teaching her the right dialect in which to speak.


Member Reviews (49)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Delightful
90
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80
Ambitious, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Must see

See it if If you like Shaw, a different kind of production to Pygmalion,(different then any Pygmalion I have seen). Very good acting, great story.

Don't see it if If you don't like Shaw or the story behind it. If your not into this type of genre.

90
Resonant, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Creative

See it if Another Bedlam hit. Excellent staging and acting got me to identify with the characters. The play has a lot of depth and made me think.

Don't see it if You're already familiar with the play and don't have as much to get out of it as I did. Or, Higgins' misogyny would be too big a turnoff.

Also I liked the irony that Eliza is able to grow and become a complete per... Read more Read less

93
Delightful, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see one of NY's best theatre co's do lots w/a Shaw classic in a creative, engaging, intimate comedy on class, gender... & race.

Don't see it if you want to miss out on another triumphant, captivating, astute Bedlam production; you fume at the idea of editing Shaw's venerated text.

94
Rigorous, Enthralling, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like theater that respects a classic play so deeply that it is not afraid to look at that play with fresh eyes.

Don't see it if you do not like staging in which performer & audience share an intimate space.

Also This production manages to be both enthralling & deeply analytical—a s... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy small theater, are close to the actors. Excellent cast. In the beginning you are part of the story.

Don't see it if Small theater, no reason not to enjoy.

Also You can see great from any seat. No intermission.

92
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are a fan of GB Shaw, this is one of his best plays. You love “My Fair Lady” but have never seen the classic drama on which it is based.

Don't see it if Long expository plays are not your thing. Shaw is very wordy by today’s standards. You Need elaborate sets to enjoy the classics !

Also I loved this play ! I found it so interesting to recognize lines famil... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you want to see a truly excellent and innovative version of Shaw's play. Vaishnavi Sharma is a real find. A very intimate production.

Don't see it if just go—if you can get a ticket!

80
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to see how much of the My Fair Lady book is taken directly from GBS.

Don't see it if You don’t like standing for the first scene. You don’t want to see a small cast, stripped down version.

96
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you like interesting re-tellings of the classics.This is faithful to Shaw's play, but makes it fun, not preachy.Quirky, yet honest.

Don't see it if you want traditional casting and staging.This is great prep for seeing My Fair Lady. Explores the important themes of the musical.

98
Masterful, Great acting, Funny, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you know the characters. Superlative cast recreates the classic characters without being predictable or replicating famous performances.

Don't see it if you’re not especially into old, British plays; long conversation after long conversation; want a more romantic show.

Also It’s not emotional. One comic bit is weak. Doesn’t feel big in any way... Read more Read less

96
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Shaw done by a masterful group of 6 actors in pure Bedlam style , quick , clear, and engaging . Perfect counterpoint to MFL

Don't see it if You're expecting a full stage production with songs . ..that's uptown at Lincoln Center .

89
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a really fine performance of one of Shaw's best works.

Don't see it if You prefer to think that narcissistic Henry Higgins become a romantic sweetheart as in My Fair Lady.

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you liked Bedlam's "Sense and Sensibility" or you appreciate classics with a sense of humor.

Don't see it if you're expecting "My Fair Lady" or your taste is traditional.

95
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You’ve never seen Pygmalion and only seen My Fair Lady. You love inventive theatricality. Great performances!

Don't see it if No reason not to. This is darn near close to perfect - whatever that is!

85
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if want to see Shaw's original Pygmalion. Very different flavor than My Fair Lady. A much more realistic, if more poignant ending.

Don't see it if you dislike minimal staging.

Also this was a lovely production that was so clever that the first scene b... Read more Read less

91
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if It is intelligent, acted beautifully, with an important theme and thoughtful.Very cleverly staged and thoroughly enjoyable!

Don't see it if If Shaw is not to your taste and you are not interested in hearing the English language in all of its variety so beautifully spoken

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Anti-romantic

See it if you are a lover of Shaw, you are interested in the Pygmalion story/myth, want to see excellent acting, and can live with a non-British Eliza

Don't see it if you are put off by a highly literate script that is wordy and sometimes drags.

90
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Marvelous Bedlam presentation of a relevant classic presented in an intimate setting. Terrific actors performing in this excellent company.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see this Shaw revival unless you are a squashed cabbage leaf!

72
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You like Bedlam-style antics or haven’t seen Pygmalion yet

Don't see it if You’re familiar with Pygmalion and want a fresh take on it

Also Unlike Bedlam’s usual fair, this is nothing more than an uncommonly go... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if Shaw w/out the songs. Super Vaishnavi Sharma (Eliza) w/a top cast. Language, class & gender issues clear. Intimate staging. Bravo!

Don't see it if If you like classical theatre, don't miss it. Hail Bedlam!

93
Great acting, Inventive ,brilliant, delightful

See it if u want 2 c eric tucker breathe new exciting life into Shaw’s classic..full of surprises ... wonderful in every way…

Don't see it if I cant imagine any reason not to see this…

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Fresh, Smart, Updated

See it if you like a new twist on a classic; if you like Shaw. If you want to see one of the best performances by an actress this year.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with a large cast and lavish production.

Also This streamlined version of the play hits most of its marks but fumble... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Absorbing, Funny, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if you love Bedlam and their style, you want to see a literal acting MASTERCLASS by Ms. Sharma. She lifts & carries the whole piece.

Don't see it if you've had enough of Bedlam-style quirks, you can't stomach sitting through this play once again, you expect very experimental choices.

Also A solid piece, not as creative or realized as some past Bedlam product... Read more Read less

94
Clever, Great acting, Insipid, Must see, Relevant

See it if Fast paced, inventive adaptation of a classic.

Don't see it if You don't like actors playing multiple roles

90
Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Just wonderful from beginning to end

See it if If you love to hear the English language written and spoken gloriously, if you love right in your face great acting, so great that you never

Don't see it if If you're not enchanted by brilliant speech, superb acting, a clever set.

Also think the performer isn't actually the person that are playing. The on... Read more Read less


March 27th, 2018
"Fleet, appealing, overstretched revival...Lots of Bedlamite fun..When it slices to the core of a classic text with wit and verve and a show-off’s delight, it’s doing what the company does best...Some ideas don't fly...These changes shift the play toward themes of colonialism and deracination ins...
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April 5th, 2018
"Mr. Tucker has other Bedlam-style directorial tricks up his sleeve, ranging from cross-gender casting to a show-opening coup de théâtre that I wouldn’t dream of giving away...Shaw was a supreme master of the stage, one whose greatest plays need no directorial assistance to make their effect, muc...
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March 27th, 2018
"Eliza comes from immigrant stock...That's just one of the smart, relevant touches that Tucker has woven into his exceptionally performed, highly entertaining, must-see production...Tucker directs this nearly flawless production with accomplished stagecraft and relentless humor, yet also with a p...
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March 28th, 2018
"Tucker, who directed and stars as the supercilious language expert Henry Higgins, has found many ways to muddy the Shavian waters...If you are unfamiliar with the play, all I can say is, God help you...This is yet another Bedlam production defined by strategies and devices that don't really add ...
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