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Widowers' Houses

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Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant

About the show

The Actors Company Theatre presents George Bernard Shaw's debut play about a young man's crisis of conscience when he must choose between his love and his ideals. More…

When Harry met Blanche by the banks of the Rhine, he knew he’d met his match. But when Harry discovers the sordid origins of Blanche's father's fortune, both lovers must decide whether romance or moral principle will rule their fates.


Member Reviews (31)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant
80
Avg Score

78
Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Quaint

See it if deliciously old-fashioned, yet timely. Fun, funny and thought-provoking. Issues of financial abuse & political corruption are still current.

Don't see it if small set. Some of the financial details are given a bit to fast to be understood thoroughly.

65
Classic, Old fashioned

See it if You like stories from the 1890s or classic plays. The script still holds up and provides some laughs.

Don't see it if You don't like smaller shows, period pieces or older plays. The acting is a bit uneven.

71
Entertaining, Dated, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if to see a rarely performed revival of George Bernard Shaw's very 1st play. This production retains the wit, if not the bite, of Shaw.

Don't see it if you're looking for this production to skewer current social injustices the way so many of Shaw's plays did in his time & can still do today.

78
Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you are curious about Shaw's very first play, enjoy complex intellectual arguments, like plays that explore issues of poverty vs wealth

Don't see it if you find Shaw too complex, don't like intellectual arguments re: poverty vs. wealth, don't like some overacting

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You're a huge fan of Shaw and don't mind community-theater-based acting (actors who are one-dimensional and overact)

Don't see it if You want to stay awake

90
Absorbing, Very timely, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny

See it if You like GB Shaw, see the sweep of repeating history, appreciate questioning the status quo.

Don't see it if You want big staging, costumes, music. You do not want to be morally challenged, will vote Republican this year!

91
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a terrific production of Shaw's 1st play-still amazingly relevant & mportant.The ingenue is someone to see-she should be a ☆

Don't see it if You don't enjoy great writing and production.

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like terrific acting and sharp writing. Talene Monahon gives a tour de force performance and Shaw's writing remains relevant today.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that take place over 100 years ago.

85
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like British comedies with some "teeth" to them, esp socially progressive political views from 1900 that illuminate current problems.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of George Bernard Shaw's semi-socialist polemics cleverly embedded into a comedy set in 1900 about unscrupulous landlords.

80
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You'd like to see a master playwright's first play that foreshadows much of the brilliance that was to come. Great acting and direction!

Don't see it if You hate Shaw, or you don't like to "think" too hard.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to see great actors up close. The theatre is small so you really can appreciate what they're doing.

Don't see it if You don't like to think about divisions between the classes, or where your money, food, etc comes from.

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you need to check this Shaw off your list (which is why I went)

Don't see it if you are bigger than that....

90
Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you wonder 'what would I do if...', this gives you a chance to see what these characters do when they discover the source of their income

Don't see it if clever staging and witty banter wrapped around hard hitting issues doesn't suit you. Its great Shaw, well done!

96
Absorbing, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking theatre, with great music and stellar young performers.

Don't see it if You don't like political-themed shows, musicals or children.

45
Cliched, Dated, Indulgent

See it if You need your fill of a Shaw play; A period piece that feels relevant is satisfying to you.

Don't see it if You want inspired direction and a piece that pushes new boundaries on older text.

98
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you like well-done productions of very old plays. I had not one complaint of this play, and I'm often highly critical.

Don't see it if you want it to equal Shaw's greatest plays, this is his 1st. You've no stomach for morality plays, or want something more thought-provoking.

75
Anecdotal, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy Downton Abbey, Jane Austen or similar English tropes. Ironically, this play (Shaw's first) turns such tropes on their heads.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood to listen intently and pontificate accordingly. It's mainly intellectually engaging - doesn't quite hit the heart.

100
Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy George Bernand Shaw!

Don't see it if you can't understand British English!

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a gentle challenge - BG SHaw's 1st play - great acting and direction, clever set & costumes - a delight

Don't see it if You want nothing but mindless entertainment, you want a musical

79
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you love Shaw and intimate environment

Don't see it if don't like period dramas

87
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if Love g.b shaw

Don't see it if Costume dramas

96
Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You are a Shaw fan, interested in political content, love really good acting.

Don't see it if If you don't like political content, or don't like Shaw

During previews
51
Very good shaw is frothy, razor-sharp and brilliantly paradoxical; this is not very good shaw

See it if you want to hear Shaw's brilliant take-down of philosophy that the poor are to blame for their own poverty (tea party anyone?)

Don't see it if brilliant argumentation and zest of play is hampered by production that is periodically overacted and over-the-top

During previews
86
Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Clever, Funny

See it if You like a play that is both entertaining and theme driven. Although Shaw penned this over 100 years ago, it's relevance is everlasting.

Don't see it if You want simple entertainment without a "preachy" message.

During previews
85
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Delightful

See it if You love Shaw, costume dramas, and revivals. It's amazing how relevant the themes of the show are today

Don't see it if You prefer your drama edgy and modern.


March 14th, 2016
"A curiously static production...Shaw intended 'Widowers’ Houses' to highlight the complicity, greed and indifference that allow the upper classes to thrive at the expense of the lower. His third act bogs down in the obscure details of a real estate scheme...The play is a novice effort by a fledg...
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March 14th, 2016
"George Bernard Shaw had the notion that very little money can be considered truly clean. Director David Staller offers the rare opportunity to study this obsession at its inception—in an adaptation not always to the good. It’s an odd homage that seeks to improve on an acknowledged master...To St...
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March 22nd, 2016
"A refreshingly unpreachy comedy about the evils of capitalism that ought to be as popular as 'Pygmalion'...TACT’s revival, directed by David Staller, is a winner, a small-scale staging that’s as full of Shavian sparkle as the play itself...Mr. Staller has also trimmed and tightened the text in o...
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March 14th, 2016
"There's a reason 'Widowers' Houses' has been seen exactly once on Broadway...the provocative arguments are in place, but the sparkle isn't yet there...If played straight, 'Widowers' Houses' can be made to work, but the current production works much too hard, never really coming to grips with the...
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