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Candida (Jennifer Stratman) listens to the pleads of young Eugene (Andrew Edmonson)
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despite good performances
"Candida" by George Bernard
Shaw is a rather dull play with some
good performances but uninspired
The story is of a Socialist clergy
man living in turn-of-the-century
London. He is content with his wife
until a poet who they've taken in
upsets everything by professing his
love for the clergyman's wife, Can
dida. Eventually the poet and the
pastor demand that Candida make
The play itself was described by
Shaw as "pleasant." I suppose it is,
or was, but its attitudes and allusions
are so dated that they lose whatever
conviction or value they once had.
The revelation that a woman is a
person in her own right and not
subordinate to her husband is little
or no revelation to us. By no means
a bad play Shaw wrote no such
thing still, this is definitely one of
his lesser efforts.
The performances were pretty
good. Standouts were John Bland as
Candida's father, Andrew Edmonson
as the poet Eugene and Jennifer
Stratman as Candida.
Bland provides much of the humor,
playing the role of the incorrigible old
scoundrel to the hilt. His performance
is sharp and well-balanced, always a
real person, never a stock character.
This is Bland's best performance to
Andrew Edmonson gives his usual
fine performance as the brattish poet
Eugene. His is the sharpest, most
energetic performance of the play. He
shows us a young, immature man
who is in love for the first time and
understands everything and everyone
but cannot understand Candida's
affection for her husband. We see his
frustration and his longing and his
ultimate maturation clearly and
movingly. A highlight of the play is
his first scene with Miss Prossy, a
well-timed and funny scene (to both
actors' credit) that is somewhat
spoiled by predictable and repetitive
Stratman as the title character gives
us a solid, believable performance.
Hers is the most real of all the
characters, save Bland's. The power
of Candida, her ability to manipulate
and dominate situations, as well as
her strength of love, are well por
trayed. The character is a mass of
contradictions, but Stratman suc
ceeds in reconciling all of them.
Although the other performances an
are pretty good, especially Rhetta
Wiley as Miss Prossy, they are still
somewhat shallow. I got the feeling
the show could have used another
week of rehearsal to bring the
somewhat rough characterizations up
to par. Still I expect that they will
improve with each performance.
The staging was competent but
uninteresting and somewhat repeti
tive. The lights were all right, and the
costumes and set were excellent.
Candida performs at 4 p.m. and
8 p.m on Monday and at 5 p.m on
Tuesday in the basement of Graham
Memorial. Reservations are available
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