Pygmalion | Oak Park Festival Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 17 2016
Price: $29, $24 seniors, $15 students
Not many plays survive being transformed into a popular musical (exhibit A, the almost never produced Green Grow the Lilacs, source for Oklahoma!). George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion does—it's just too rich to be thought of as mere source material for My Fair Lady. This current revival, directed by Jason Gerace, emphasizes the darker elements in a witty meditation on class and sexual politics—there's more than a whiff of Christian Grey in Kevin Theis’s overtly aggressive Henry Higgins, and the sexual tension between him and Amanda Drinkall’s streetwise Eliza Doolittle, is always faintly sizzling. Likewise, every repetition of Eliza’s iconic line “I’m a good girl, I am” reminds us how common it is for a woman like her to be sexually exploited by a man like Higgins. —Jack Helbig



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