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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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

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.


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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