“Heartbreak House” Is Enjoyable

As it should be. David Staller, who directed the new production of the Shaw play in NYC, has long held that Shaw plays shouldn’t be done with unyielding seriousness. So it is good to know that at least one critic, Simon Saltzman, thought the staging “enjoyable, largely due to a troupe of performers who flip the flippant dialogue and the silliest of situations in this anti-war masterpiece on its ear. To begin, Shaw’s longish and admittedly talky (in the Chekhovian style) play from 1920 (although begun in 1914) has been cleverly placed within a frame by Staller that suggests London during the 1940 Blitz.” Read the rest of the review here.

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