Theater: Rebel in Arms

SAINT JOAN

by George Bernard Shaw

Shaw is the autocrat of the blackboard. His writing hand flies furiously across the surfaces of his plays, chalking up social, moral and intellectual lessons for the playgoer-students. The class almost always relishes the talking jags of the sage of Ayot St. Lawrence, for he never created a major character who was not indubitably and ebulliently G.B.S.

Joan the Maid is Shaw in yet another transparent disguise. It is not difficult to imagine him in medieval armor wielding a righteous sword against the dragons of this world. Scene...

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