George Bernard Shaw's Fanny's First Play
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The last date listed for Fanny's First Play was Sunday November 24, 2013 / 2:00pm.
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This thought-provoking new chamber musical explores the fascinating lives of the women behind some… More
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Featured review from Sandra L.
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Shaw's playful metatheatrics anticipate our current postmodern and self-referential aesthetic by a century, although his satirical take on theater criticism isn't as caustic as one might hope. It is ambitious of any theater troupe (especially a storefront) to tackle this piece, and some of the solutions to the low budget were particularly effective. The scene design makes nice use of one-point perspective in the painting to transform the tiny Heartland Studio into a large Victorian estate with the illusion of depth and expansiveness. The cast generally navigates Shaw's ultra-specific style successfully even with various members tackling roles well out of their age-group, however the actress playing the mother of the heroine in Fanny's melodrama stood out as particularly natural and engaging. It didn't hurt that she bore a striking resemblance to a young Jennifer Tilly.
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For me, this is a three star play - meaning, "I liked it". Four stars would be "I'm glad I didn't miss it" and five stars means "You must see it." So this is a three star event, in my view. You have to like Shaw, for starts, and his plays require...continued