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'Pygmalion' falls short in uneven Pasadena Playhouse revival

'Pygmalion' falls short in uneven Pasadena Playhouse revival

It's always a delight to encounter the disputatious wit of George Bernard Shaw, a playwright who thought comedy was at its fizzy best when ideas were allowed to collide in the service of public enlightenment. His characters embody divergent ideological positions and, regardless of the legitimacy of their views, can advocate for themselves with giddy conviction and an eloquence that can run circles around the rest of us tongue-tied mortals.

"Pygmalion" may be Shaw's best-known work, thanks largely to the Lerner & Loewe musical blockbuster it gave rise to, "My Fair Lady." The play, fortunately, doesn't need a score when performed in the right hands — Shaw's...

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