Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

  • April 6, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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PLEASE, PLEASE arrive ready to read at 5PM!

• Pot-Luck--Please remember to bring something to eat or drink to share with the group at the break;

• Please arrive on time. Subways are erratic on Sundays. Check the MTA schedule, text--or call--if you arrive late[masked];

• Please bring your own script;

• Please do not wear perfume, cologne etc as some of our regulars have allergies and we sit in close proximity to one another;

• PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE;

Characters:

Eliza Doolittle
Alfred Doolittle
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
Mrs. Pearce
Colonel Hugh Pickering
Professor Henry Higgins
Mrs Higgins

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  • David B.

    Fun fun fun

    April 8

  • josie w.

    Great fun, the original analysis that men are from Mars and women
    from Venus.....

    April 7

  • valerie S.

    I had a great time. Everyone read with so much spit and spirit. Congratulations to our youngest actors, Aria and Zoe, for taking on their varied roles with such grace.

    April 6

  • James W.

    Interesting hearing women read Henry Higgins and Alfred Doolittle.

    April 6

  • Susan W.

    Good laughs, good voices, and interesting to compare the original play to the movie we know, My Fair Lady.

    1 · April 6

  • barbara

    I'm sorry to cancel but I have a bad cold with sore throat since Tuesday and it is still painful/annoying for me to speak so let alone read out loud. I really wanted to come this time as it has been a while but hopefully I'll be able to make the next one. Have fun

    April 4

  • James W.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/...­ -- Use this script as there are different versions out there

    April 2

  • Chandini P.

    Hi everyone! Do we have characters assigned before the reading or is it all decided on the spot? I am sorry. I am new to the group.

    April 1

  • David B.

    Lucky we will have the Gutenberg version as it varies wildly from other versions. Without working from one script we would truly be screw-ed. Gutenberg presents the original script, as Shaw wrote numerous endings, even adapting some from the various film versions .

    It is interesting, however to have the New Mermaid edition, as the footnotes are fascinating and helpful. For example who knew what Monkey Brand soap is?

    Also in one of the alternate endings, there is a stage direction in which Eliza “cocks a snoot” at Higgins. Does anyone know what this means? Can anyone in our group do it?

    March 30

    • Ivy

      The general understanding of what's meant by 'cock a snook' is the spread hand with thumb on the nose, preferably with crossed eyes, waggling fingers and any other annoying gesticulation that comes to mind at the time. It's what the Americans call 'the five-fingered salute'. "Snook" means:

      a gesture of defiance, disrespect, or derision.

      March 31

  • barbara

    Is the online version that James mentioned few days ago is the one we will all use? Just checking as if it is the case I can print it at work this week. Thanks in advance for letting me know.

    March 30

  • David B.

    Oedipus Rex. BTW what happened to the list you had?

    March 21

    • James W.

      The list is under MORE/FILES/Plays submitted by members

      March 21

    • Christopher C.

      Holy Macaroni that's a lot of plays!!! :)

      March 30

  • Peter C.

    Sorry, but "real life" reared its head.

    March 30

  • Deborah M.

    Have to work on Sunday:(

    March 27

  • Deborah M.

    So wish I could go as the story, character and plays are great. I'm sure it will be fun.

    March 27

  • David B.

    Jim, I just got the script from the library in an edition published by New Mermaids. From reading the notes on the back cover it seems that there may be several variations of the script. Is their one version that you can suggest and perhaps we could all get as a PDF?

    March 24

    • James W.

      David, can you compare the version you have with this on line version, http://www.gutenberg....­. I would like to use this on line version it is at least as good as the version you found.

      March 24

  • James W.

    The votes are in. Pygmalion received the most votes.

    March 23

  • barbara

    Hello, so from the list I would say "The Mystery of Irma Vep" (even better than 39 steps in my opinion) or "Venus in Fur". Otherwise I like "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza; "Bad Habits" by McNally or "Becky Shaw" by Gionfriddo.

    1 · March 21

  • David B.

    OK looking eat the list: The Iceman Cometh, The Rise of Arturo Ui, Anything by Shaw.

    March 21

  • David B.

    Whatever the play, Jim, please decide pretty soon, so we have time to acquire the script.

    1 · March 21

  • Andrew C.

    A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

    March 21

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