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Misalliance

Misalliance
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 218
Pub. Date: 1957
ISBN-10: 0573619557
ISBN-13: 9780573619557
Cast Size: 3 women, 6 men

About the Play:

Misalliance is a full-length comedy by George Bernard Shaw. Nobel and Oscar winner George Bernard Shaw was blessed with a knack for folding humour into serious examinations of topics including marriage, religion, government, classism, education and parent-child relationships. In Misalliance, the social and the political collide with the romantic and the practical; the aristocrats take on the middle classes and vice versa, and-to top it all off there's a glamorous aviatrix and a determinately tipsy socialist loose on the grounds! This is one of George Bernard Shaw's most beloved of plays.

Misalliance follows a whirlwind of characters from different social classes and professions including an underwear magnate, an ambassador, a Polish acrobat, and a socialist clerk, who careen and carom off each other during the course of one afternoon. In a middle class country estate in England a successful merchant lives with his dotty wife, daughter and son. The daughter's fiancé is visiting them when the fiancé's father, an aristocrat, arrives. The girl is obviously fickle and foolish and the boy, though intelligent, is a raw coward. Into their midst comes a sputtering airplane with a pilot who turns out to be an old school chum of the finance's and a Polish woman acrobat. All of the males make up to her in succession. Then along comes a youth with a gun to kill the merchant father. The hub of the action is this: the girl falls in love with the pilot while the fiancé is so awed by the Polish acrobat that he willingly flies off with her, even though he is scared to death.

Misalliance premiered in 1910 at the Duke of York's Repertory Theatre in London. The play is regularly performed in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 3 women, 6 men

About the Playwright:

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although born in Ireland, he spent most of his adult life in England, and wrote more than 60 plays for the English stage. He won the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, the highest honour available to any writer in the world, and an Academy Award for the screenplay of Pygmalion in l938.