A Minister's Wife Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 9 2009

Since the best musicals allow characters to sing what can't be said, you'd think George Bernard Shaw's plays would make rotten musicals. His characters are so articulate that there doesn't seem to be anything they can't say. And yet Lerner & Loewe created a classic musical, My Fair Lady, out of a Shaw play. That's because they understood that even people who can say anything don't always know what needs to be said. A Minister's Wife is nowhere near as ambitious or as good as My Fair Lady. Much pared down from Shaw's 1898 Candida, it's an only intermittently successful little thing about a self-satisfied churchman who becomes unsettled when a charming young poet starts wooing his wife. But every now and then, when it makes use of My Fair Lady's secret, it can be lovely. Michael Halberstam directs a marvelous cast supported by an excellent live quartet of musicians. --Tony Adler

Price: $40-$65

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