Theater: Silky Redcoat

THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE by George Bernard Shaw

The theater does not survive on its masterpieces but between them. Much the same is true of Shaw. His finest works, Major Barbara, Heartbreak House and Pygmalion, are rarely performed. Conversely, scarcely a season passes when the overestimated Saint Joan and Candida do not show up on some theater's docket. One could hardly underestimate The Devil's Disciple. Shaw himself thought that this 1897 play would eventually be considered a "threadbare popular melodrama."

Popular it was, and may again be in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's revival. The locale of the play is a small New Hampshire...

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