Coinciding with its 20th anniversary, ShawChicago Theater Company presents a staged reading of George Bernard Shaw's most beloved play, Pygmalion
. This comedy of manners, one of the last century's most successful plays in any language, tells the story of bedraggled Cockney flower peddler Eliza Doolittle and temperamental linguistics professor Henry Higgins' efforts to pass her off as a member of the upper class at a garden party. Higgins declares that he can transform Eliza in three months, and pass her off as a duchess, simply by teaching her to speak properly. His success in this hilarious endeavor leads to unexpected complications for both Higgins and Doolittle. Shaw's comedy is as sharp and insightful today as it was in 1913, asking the question, what makes a lady a lady -- the way she behaves, or the way she's treated?
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