The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Jan. 7, 1946

Pygmalion (by George Bernard Shaw; produced by Theatre Inc.) still holds up, after 33 years, as one of Shaw's most actable and entertaining plays. One reason may be that it contains almost nothing to weigh it down. It is Shaw on a holiday. His account of how a phonetics expert transforms a Cockney flower girl into the likes of a duchess is first & foremost good fun. It is a highly satirical, wryly Shavian fairy tale—but a fairy tale for all that.

Only the practical G.B.S. would think of raising an Eliza Doolittle out of the gutter by correcting her gutturals. Only...

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