Educating Rita | Chicago Dramatists | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Willy Russell's 1980 riff on the Pygmalion theme concerns a 26-year-old Liverpool hairdresser who decides to better herself by attending Britain's Open University, where she studies literature with Frank, a misanthropic, alcoholic, middle-aged lecturer. Peppered with references to Shakespeare, Ibsen, Eliot, E.M. Forster, and even Rita Mae Brown, Russell's witty script charts Frank and Rita's platonic romance while critiquing a conformist, exam-centered higher-education system and exploring the difference between learning and wisdom. Despite questionable English accents, Whitney White and Brad Woodard deliver solid performances in Richard Corley's staging for Shattered Globe Theatre. --Albert Williams



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