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Widowers' Houses

From 31 member  reviews
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)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant

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.

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....

During previews
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
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Confusing, Good acting

See it if I was told that this was a comedy: if so, where's the laughter? Despicable characters; not a one to like. Soon tire of their manipulations

Don't see it if you expect or want a Shaw comedy. No wonder it is seldom done.

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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