Carolyn Ratteray, Lynn Milgrim, Paige Lindsey White, and Alex Knox in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, at Pasadena Playhouse.
Carolyn Ratteray, Lynn Milgrim, Paige Lindsey White, and Alex Knox in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, at Pasadena Playhouse.
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In the realm of George Bernard Shaw, matters so often come down to the power and effects of language. How fitting it is, then, that before the curtain rises on the richly textured revival of Shaw’s Pygmalion at the Pasadena Playhouse, a torrent of words — often illegible — come spilling forth in a rapid vertical crawl via Kaitlyn Pietra’s projections across Stephanie Kerley Schwartz’s set. The Londoners outside St. Paul’s Church are discovered chattering away in a cacophonous burble. We can’t instantly make out what they are saying, but a tall man with his back to the throng is busily recording every choice word or expression. Turns out he’s a linguist of some repute by the name of Henry Higgins…

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