Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw

7/10

The third in my crash course of Shaw plays, and I like it better than Arms and the Man but not as well as Candida. It’s certainly weightier than Candida in its subject matter, but it paradoxically spends less time on its important questions. The scenes feel so quick and breezy that you’re challenged to describe what even happens during them. The characters are memorable but mostly undeveloped; the two most developed are Higgins (insufferable) and Liza (insufficiently developed). Everyone else is just sort of filling space. Overall, this play suffers greatly from its brevity, whereas Candida benefitted by it.
 
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