Doctor's Dilemma Opens at Canada's Shaw Festival July 9; John Bull's Other Island Is in the Wings

News   Doctor's Dilemma Opens at Canada's Shaw Festival July 9; John Bull's Other Island Is in the Wings
The Shaw Festival in Ontario opens George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma, the first of two seasonal productions by Shaw, July 9 at the Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Morris Panych directs the 1906 comedy that poses the questions: "When medical resources are limited, should a doctor decide who receives treatment and should those who can afford treatment be the first in line to receive it?"

According to Festival notes, "Shaw tests the humanity of a doctor and presents a moral dilemma. Sir Colenso Ridgeon (Patrick Galligan) has discovered a lifesaving cure, but faces an ethical quandary. With only enough of his new cure for tuberculosis left for one patient, who should he save? Dr. Blenkinsop (Ric Reid), a kindly colleague who serves the poor, or the extremely talented but unscrupulous young artist Louis Dubedat (Jonathan Gould), who also happens to have a beautiful young wife (Krista Colosimo)?"

Also featured are Michael Ball as Sir Patrick Cullen and Thom Marriott as Sir Ralph Bloomfield Bonington, with Wade Bogert-O'Brien, Catherine McGregor, Patrick McManus, Kelly Penner, Cherissa Richards and Jonathan Widdifield.

The Doctor's Dilemma has set design by Ken MacDonald, costume design by Charlotte Dean and lighting design by Alan Brodie.

Previews began June 10. Performances continue in repertory to Oct. 30. *

Shaw's John Bull's Other Island, directed by Christopher Newton, opens July 10 and closes Oct. 9 at the festival's Court House Theatre.

Here's how the play is billed: "With a business deal in mind, friends and business partners Tom Broadbent and Larry Doyle travel to the small Irish town of Roscullen. Broadbent, the Englishman, already infected with stereotypical impressions of the country, plunges headfirst into love with everything Irish, including Nora Reilly, Doyle's old flame. Doyle, the hometown boy, only sees a country trapped in its past."

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