Shaw's "Misalliance" Kicks Off Center Stage Season

Center Stage begins its 41st season with Nobel Prize-winning George Bernard Shaw's comedy of bad manners, "Misalliance." Directed by Center Stage Artistic Director Irene Lewis, the play begins previews on October 3, opens October 8, and runs through November 2.

Written by Shaw in 1909, "Misalliance" takes place one summer afternoon in the conservatory of a large country house in Surrey, England. The "mismatch" is a decidedly odd couple: lusty Hypatia—the daughter of a new-money father who made a bundle in the underwear business—and her fiancé, a brainy aristocrat. Hypatia is fed up with the stuffy conventions that surround her and the hyperactive talk of her free-thinking, philandering father. Enter a dashing aviator and a mysterious Polish acrobat, instantly complicating the question of who will wind up with whom in this comedy of money, morality, and stuck-up manners. More than just a comedy, "Misalliance" is also an examination of Shaw's ideas on marriage, socialism, and the "new woman" struggling to emerge from Victorian constraints.

The play takes place in Center Stage's The Pearlstone Theater. Ticket prices range from $10-$55 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 410/332-0033 or by visiting

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This story was published on September 19, 2003.