Theater: Girl Gets Boy

MAN AND SUPERMAN by George Bernard Shaw

Intellectually speaking, G.B.S. was a great pass receiver. When astrodomed quarterbacks like Ibsen, Nietzsche, Darwin and Marx rifled ideas through the air, Shaw would snatch them and race down the field for dramatic touchdowns, spouting aphorisms and paradoxes as he went.

He probably caught his idea for Man and Superman from Schopenhauer. The glum philosopher held that "egotism is deeply rooted—but the species has a greater claim on the individual than the perishable individuality itself ... The growing inclination of two lovers is really already the...

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