Theater: Imp of Paradox


Bernard Shaw is one of the few preachers whose sermons wake you up. The stage is his pulpit. It is also his concert hall, ballroom and battlefield.

He is a drawing-room soapboxer — but what a magical box and what an enchanting drawing room! Here, he conducts words as if they were grace notes from Mozart or thunderclaps from Wagner. He leads the dance of ideas as if it were a minuet of the mind. He deploys conflicting personalities like a field marshal and has them lob paradoxes at each...

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