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Sherman Oaks Meetup - Classic Play - Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

As the name of our book club indicates, we read classics and classics do not necessarily include prose but other form of literature including plays that also stay forever in people's culture so lets turn this timeless satirical play on the British upper class of the end of the 19th- beginning of the 20th centuries.

Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women's independence. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion  was the creator of a statue which came to life and was a popular subject for Victorian Era English playwrights. Shaw's play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and some films of that name.

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    A former member

    I very much enjoyed both the discussions and meeting the members of the club. I'm looking forward to the next meet up.

    November 15, 2012

  • Roman

    I took an ESL class years ago and borrowed some of its literary selections for this book club. We already read some of them, but this one we read aloud in the class and I had a small part in it!

    September 15, 2012

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