Review

'Candida' simmers, enchants

Oct 25 2010
Hap Erstein | Palm Beach Post

Palm Beach Dramaworks stages assured production of George Bernard Shaw romantic comedy Just as rare as works by Eugene O'Neill or Henrik Ibsen in South Florida are professional productions of the plays of George Bernard Shaw. Yet serious-minded Palm Beach Dramaworks has now presented all three of these towering writers in as many seasons, including an assured and winning mounting of Shaw's "Candida," now at the West Palm Beach theater through Nov. 21. ...At the center of the play and the apex of the romantic triangle is Cozort, a radiant actress who leaves no doubt why both men are hopelessly in love with her. Like Nora in "A Doll's House," "Candida" simmers for much of the evening, but comes on strong when implored to make her choice of mates, as Cozort demonstrates with a wily twinkle and sly grace. Thompson returns to Dramaworks, wholly different than he was in last season's "American Buffalo," though just as clueless as the self-described "moralist and windbag" Morell. ...Michael Amico provides a very well-appointed and detailed design for the study of the Morell home, and Brian O'Keefe adds his usual period-authentic and character-rich costumes. While most Shaw plays are better off read than encountered in performance, "Candida" is an exception, as [Director, J. Barry] Lewis and his efficient, entertaining production show.