Theater: Tangled Trio


By George Bernard Shaw

Some of Shaw's most engrossing plays (Misalliance, Major Barbara and Man and Superman) are coruscating geysers of thought. Candida is not that sort of drama.

It is a marital situation comedy a bit like A Doll's House turned upside down. Candida (Joanne Woodward) treats her husband James Morell (Ron Parady) rather like a doll. When the poor devil is thoroughly terrified that she will leave him for the ardent young poet Marchbanks (Tait Ruppert), Candida elects to stay put, and domestic tranquillity is restored.

Morell is a pompous minister and a spellbinder in the pulpit. Marchbanks is a...

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