Theater: G.B.S. Lives

MY ASTONISHING SELF as devised by Michael Voysey from the writings of G.B.S.

Bernard Shaw put on a one-man show from the moment he cut his teeth on words. His bloodstream was ink, but, body and soul, he was mind.

Impish, irate, iconoclastic, that mind was robustly playful and evangelically fervent. Irish Actor Donal Donnelly has immersed himself in these characteristics of Shaw's mind, and that is one reason why his portrait of G.B.S., now off-Broadway at the Astor Place Theater, is as persuasive as it is irresistible.

The musicality of Shaw's language pervades the evening. His mother had a fine mezzo-soprano voice, and...

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