Wednesday, September 21, 2011
At the Shaw: Candida
Candida is a play that is both fascinating and a little dull at the same time. It’s an inconsequential marital squabble that goes on a bit too long and contains perhaps a bit too much philosophizing on the meaning of love and marriage. It’s also revealing and engaging as a social study and a question of spousal selflessness. The production at The Shaw Festival this year is also all these things: predictable and dull some times, thoughtful and endearing at others. It features a middling performance or two but also a star turn from its youngest player.
Director Tadeusz Bradecki, like all directors at the Shaw it seems, stages good-ole GB’s play in traditional, boring manner and leaves it very much up to his cast to make an impact. Luckily for him, Bradecki is working with one of Shaw’s more accessible and least preachy/annoying texts and he’s cast it impeccably for the most part.
Candida plays at the Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake until Octorber 30th.