Dramaworks' fast-paced "Candida" makes challenging Shaw accessible

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Dramaworks' fast-paced "Candida" makes challenging Shaw accessible

Oct 11 2010
Bill Hirschman | SouthFloridaTheaterReview.com

Question: What do you have when you're in a room full of the smartest people in town? Answer: A play by George Bernard Shaw. In this case, it's Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of Shaw's delicious but dizzyingly dense comic treatise on love and marriage, Candida. For two hours, intelligent human beings skewer commonly accepted notions of romance and fidelity while attempting to discover a new definition for an honest relationship. Under J. Barry Lewis' direction, a cadre of talented actors spent Saturday night pitching concepts and witticisms with so much topspin that the show resembled that truckload of Superballs dropped from David Letterman's roof... ...Lewis, one of the region's most skilled directors of plays stuffed with ideas, keeps everything moving at the breakneck speed of a farce... ...The cast deftly handles Shaw's biting exchanges that joyfully upend conventionality... ...It's almost becoming unnecessary to say that Michael Amico's set for Dramaworks is a finely observed environment bedecked with just the right furniture, props and accessories. In this case, Amico creates a minister's study that communicates stolid solidity, all dark wood paneling and wallpaper. Similarly, Brian O'Keefe's costumes are pitch-perfect Victoriana with ascots, waistcoats and leg of mutton sleeves...