The Shaw Festival, the Canadian theatre company known for revivals of works by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, announced a 2000 season that includes The Doctor's Dilemma, A Woman of No Importance, She Loves Me and, as previously announced, a change of mandate.
Under the new mandate, the festival will now include works written about the time period Shaw lived, 1856-1950, rather than only works written then.
Artistic director Christopher Newton oversees the season on three stages in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 20 minutes downstream from Niagara Falls, on the lip of Lake Ontario.
• The Doctor's Dilemma (1906), Shaw's account of a doctor who has the power to save either a gifted, amoral artist or a general practitioner. Newton directs.
• Easy Virtue (1925), Noel Coward's glamorous comedy about attacking social pretensions (a return of the 1999 hit). Newton directs.
• Lord of the Flies, Adapted by Nigel Williams from the William Golding novel (1954), the story of schoolboys stranded in the South Pacific and forming their own cruel society. Neil Munro directs.
• The Matchmaker (1954), Thornton Wilder's romantic American comedy that was the basis for Hello, Dolly! Newton directs. Court House Theatre
• A Woman of No Importance (1893), Oscar Wilde's soaper about a woman, her son and the mysterious Lord Illingworth. Susan Ferley directs.
• The Apple Cart (1929), Shaw's political comedy about a British king who threatens to resign and run for Parliament. Richard Greenblatt directs.
• A Room of One's Own (1929), A play by Patrick Garland based on Virginia Woolf's lecture about women's historical experience in society and the struggles of Woolf herself. Micheline Chevrier directs.
• Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921), Luigi Pirandello's modern existential classic about characters who interrupt a play rehearsal hoping to find a reason for being. Tadeusz Bradecki directs.
Royal George Theatre
• Time and the Conways (1937), J.B. Priestley's play shows a young woman celebrating her birthday with family and friends, and peers into the future of the characters. Neil Munro directs.
• She Loves Me (1963), The romantic Broadway musical comedy drawn from the same source that inspired "The Shop Around the Corner" and "You've Got Mail," has a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, with a book by Joe Masteroff. Roger Hodgman directs.
• Still Life, the one-act by Noel Coward about a chance meeting of would-be lovers on a train platform is the basis for the 1946 film, "Brief Encounter." Director to be announced.
Tickets for the 2000 season go on sale to members Dec. 1, to groups Dec. 9 and to the general public Jan. 10, 2000. The season begins previews May 4 and ends Nov. 11.
Call (800) 511-SHAW for information.
-- By Kenneth Jones