Theater: Too Bad to Be True

Too True to Be Good, by George Bernard Shaw. Gab is the gift and the curse of Irish playwrights. Greatly gifted though G.B.S. was, this play of his old age is a cursedly garrulous bore. At 74, Shaw apparently found the construction of a plot beneath him or beyond him.

The nonsensical events: a minister (Robert Preston), disguised as a jewel thief and accompanied by a hotel chambermaid (Eileen Heckart). coaxes an invalided gentlewoman (Glynis Johns) into letting him sell her pearls and kidnap her for ransom. The trio lives it up globally on the loot before coming to rest in a...

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