By Andrew Gans
16 Dec 2013
Directed by Staller, the cast features Wesley Taylor (Richard Dudgeon), Tony nominees Howard McGillin (Rev. Anthony Anderson) and Daniel Davis (General Burgoyne), Margaret Loesser Robinson (Judith Anderson), Emma Wisniewski (Essie), Carol Schultz (Mrs. Dudgeon), Ben Charles (Christopher Dudgeon), Sidney J. Burgoyne (Lawyer Hawkins), Richard O’Brien (Titus Dudgeon), Joseph Bowen (William Dudgeon), Jeff Ronan (Sergeant) and Dominic Cuskern (Major Swindon). Wall Street Journal theatre critic Terry Teachout narrates.
The Devil’s Disciple, written in 1897, is "Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy that employs the unlikely backdrop of the American Revolution," according to press notes. "Some of Shaw's most entertainingly iconographic characters fill out this story of revolt: of one country against another as well as of the inexhaustible battle of the human spirit — how we choose to create and define ourselves in the face of societal expectations. In this play, we find ourselves in a 1777 New Hampshire village where Dick Dudgeon opens his heart to life. Along the way, everyone goes through profound changes of discovery, hope and strength."
Upcoming Project Shaw events include Arms and the Man (Jan. 27, 2014); The Philanderer (February 24); St. Patrick's Day Gala (March 17); An Oscar Wilde Evening (April 14), Heartbreak House (May 12), Getting Married (June 23), A 'Super Shaw' Evening (July 28), Village Wooing (Sept. 29), An Ibsen Evening (Oct. 27), The Millionairess (Nov. 24) and Major Barbara (Dec. 22).
Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre is located in Manhattan at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). Tickets, priced $30 (senior discounts and Student Rush available), may be purchased by calling (212) 352-3101 or online at symphonyspace.org.