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Pygmalion Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Nov. 4 2013

ShawChicago marks the 100th anniversary of the premiere of George Bernard Shaw's great comedy with a readers' theater rendition, performed by actors reading from scripts at music stands. Eliminating sets, costumes, and all but the most essential movement, the production strips Shaw's play down to its essence: words. This approach suits Shaw's tale of an eccentric, overbearing phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, who teaches cockney ragamuffin Eliza Doolittle to speak well enough to pass as a lady, and in the process helps her to evolve into an independent woman. Under Robert Scogin's direction, Lydia Berger Gray delivers a rich, nuanced portrayal of Eliza, though Christian Gray as Higgins fails to convey the psychological complexity that makes the characters' clash of wills compelling. Even so, Shaw's satirical commentary on sex, status, and the hypocrisies of "middle-class morality" come through with cutting clarity. —Albert Williams

Price: $15-$30