Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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This fact-based 2003 comedy by veteran screenwriter Mark Saltzman (The Adventures of Milo and Otis) depicts a 1933 visit by George Bernard Shaw and his wife to Hollywood, where MGM czar Louis B. Mayer woos the Irish playwright for the screen rights to Pygmalion. Mayer envisions the film as a showcase for Norma Shearer, but media mogul William Randolph Hearst wants his mistress, Marion Davies, to star; so a luncheon is arranged with the Shaws, Davies, Mayer, Hearst, and actors John Barrymore and Clark Gable. With such a cast of iconic characters, Saltzman's sometimes witty script would pose a daunting challenge to the finest actors; the well-meaning performers in director John Nasca's awkward Chicago premiere for MadKap Productions are in way over their heads, and the cheap set and rudimentary lighting only add to the production's general amateurishness. —Albert Williams



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