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When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 24 2014

George Bernard Shaw's 1923 drama—written three years after Joan of Arc was canonized by the Catholic church 500 years after she was burned at the stake as a heretic—examines the case of the simple country girl who led her fellow French against English domination in 1429. Joan's belief that she is guided by God—and her insistence on wearing soldier's garb rather than woman's dress—puts her in conflict with the patriarchal church, while her military victories make her a political target for the English. Shaw depicts Joan as a Christlike martyr and proto-Protestant, yet he gives her enemies their due as men who act according to their beliefs just as Joan is true to hers. ShawChicago's concert reading—actors in street clothes standing at music stands—pares away spectacle and stagecraft to focus on Shaw's intellectually dense text. —Albert Williams

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