Venue Details

321 Star Starred
Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Venue website Get directions
4.8 / 5 Rated by 17 members
Review from dforaste
3 events 2 reviews

I had never seen nor read anything by Shaw. Misalliance turned out to be a very good Edwardian era play. Sort of like Wilde though not quite as absurd. In fact greatly ahead of his time with lots of funny lines and good acting. Some of the acting...continued

reviewed Sep 12 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from don gunn
31 events 24 reviews

An incredible production. As good as anything I've seen at the Shaw Festival and right up there with a London production of Shaw's You Never Can Tell a few years ago. Great set, fantastic acting and superior direction. This is SCR at its best.

reviewed Sep 16 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from patricia wiley
58 events 14 reviews

I won't miss a Shaw or Wilde performance. Excellent casting and superb acting, what a delight. SCR outdid themselves with their sets once again. Kudos and Bravos all around.

reviewed Sep 12 2010 report as inappropriate
View All 10 Reviews
More Information


All the wrong men chase all the wrong women in Misalliance, an exuberant comedy from George Bernard Shaw that opens South Coast Repertory’s 47th season. This witty classic, helmed by SCR Artistic Director Martin Benson, is performed on the Segerstrom Stage.

Stage and screen veteran Dakin Matthews, who appeared in SCR’s production of Shaw’s Major Barbara and more recently portrayed Polonious in Hamlet, plays the pivotal role of John Tarleton, underwear magnate and armchair philosopher.

Melanie Lora (Collected Stories) takes on the part of his spoiled daughter, Hypatia, a young woman bored with life and her fiancé, Bentley (Wyatt Fenner). Then a plane drops from the sky into the Tarleton greenhouse, bringing with it a dashing pilot (Peter Katona) and a lady acrobat (Kirsten Potter). Soon afterward, a man with a gun and a grudge (JD Cullum) turns up in their Turkish bath. Suddenly, the rules of courtship are turned upside-down as the Tarletons and their friends attempt to woo the new guests.

Rounding out the cast are Amelia White (The Heiress) as Mrs. Tarleton, SCR newcomer Daniel Bess as John Tarleton, Jr., and SCR Founding Artist Richard Doyle as Lord Summerhays.

Shaw, best known for such works as Pygmalion, Arms and the Man, St. Joan and Mrs. Warren’s Profession, is the only person to win both an Oscar and the Nobel Prize for literature. Director Martin Benson has a long and lauded history with the playwright’s works; he has won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle’s directing prize three times for his Shaw productions.

“Some people hear the name ‘Shaw’ and think ‘intellectual,’” said Benson. “But he is so funny and human. I defy anyone to read Misalliance and not think, Number One, that it’s funny, and Number Two, that the characters are very real in their wants and desires.”

The_ Misalliance _creative team includes Ralph Funicello (set design), Maggie Morgan (costume design), Tom Ruzika (lighting design), Michael Roth (original music), Oanh Nguyen (associate director), Jamie A. Tucker (stage manager) and Chrissy Church (assistant stage manager).

Mary Beth Adderley and Elizabeth and Ryan Williams are the Honorary Producers, and U.S. Bank is the Corporate Honorary Producer. The Segerstrom Stage season media partner is KOCE-TV and the media partners for Misalliance are Orange Coast Magazine and 89.3 KPCC.

Celtic Woman American Ballet Theatre: <em>Whipped Cream</em> <em>The Wizard of Oz</em> Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey Knott's Berry Farm The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire