Misalliance | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Dylan Stuckey

When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Oct. 10 2016
Price: $35, seniors $30, students $24
George Bernard Shaw's 1909 play—a quirky combination of intellectual debate and screwball romantic comedy—is presented in a readers' theater format by ShawChicago, with top-notch actors delivering the vibrant dialogue from music stands. The "misalliance" of the title is the anticipated marriage of Hypatia Tarleton, rebellious daughter of a nouveau riche underwear manufacturer, to the spoiled son of a nobleman. Dissatisfied with conventional courtship, Hypatia longs for adventure to drop out of the sky—which it does, when a small "aeroplane" crash-lands onto the Tarletons' country estate. Hypatia takes an immediate liking to the handsome young pilot, while her (married) father falls for the plane's passenger, a dashing female daredevil who embodies Shaw's vision of the independent "New Woman" of the future. Misalliance is rarely given a full production these days; this well-spoken concert reading is an excellent opportunity to savor the script's bristling wit. —Albert Williams



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