2011-2012 Season

The Irish Repertory Theatre and Gingold Theatrical Group
Man and Superman
by George Bernard Shaw
directed and adapted by David Staller

April 26 - July 1!  Buy Tickets Now!

Man and Superman
is generally considered to be one of Shaw's comedic masterpieces. The story involves the simple premise of a man, Jack Tanner, determined not to marry his ward, Ann Whitefield, who is equally determined to land him. Ann chases Jack from London, across the channel, into the mountains of Spain, and even to Hell and back (in the famous dream scene of Don Juan in Hell).

Part of GTG's Shaw New York festival. For information, visit www.projectshaw.com.

Performance Schedule:
Wednesday at 3pm & 8pm
Thursday at 7pm
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 3pm & 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Approx. Running Time: 2 hours 45 min, with intermission


What the Critics Have to Say...

A WHALE OF A GOOD TIME. Extremely well acted... and STAGED WITH PROPULSIVE COMIC FORCE. Mr. Staller, who runs New York's Shaw Project and may know more about Shaw's theatrical work than anybody in America, has chosen to compress the entire play, including the "Don Juan in Hell" scene, in the hope of preserving its essence while reducing its scale. Insofar as such a thing can be done, he's done it, and the result is a performing version of "Man and Superman" that is both short enough to be practical and long enough to make sense.The Irish Rep's "Man and Superman" is A SUPERIOR PIECE OF WORK in its own right, one for which no apologies need be made. Since it's likely to be a long time before the entire play is performed again in New York, don't hesitate to see this slimmed-down version now. There's still plenty of meat on it, and it's all choice.” – Wall Street Journal

[A] SPARKLING REVIVAL... Mr. Moore’s agitation adds a vivid animus that this often talky play requires, and his performance illustrates what makes this staging, produced with Gingold Theatrical Group, so winning. For years Mr. Staller hosted Project Shaw, readings at the Players Club in Gramercy Park, and his fluency is apparent. In addition to his uniformly charming cast, he has enlisted ace technical contributors. IN ITS INTELLECTUAL ENERGY AND EXHILARATING VIVACITY, THIS PRODUCTION HONORS SHAW’s life force as well. New York Times

A PLEASURE TO SIT BACK AND LET SHAW'S WITTICISMS SINK IN... "Man and Superman" is a play of ideas, but here they go down nice and easy. –  New York Post


Shaw's 1903 "Man and Superman" ... is packed with quips and philosophical zingers, and contains a zesty battle of the sexes. A THOUGHTFUL, BRIGHT AND LIVELY PRODUCTION. This luminous Irish Repertory production will resonate with audiences hungry for philosophical wit and humor.” – AP

A THOROUGHLY ENGAGING PRODUCTION. Fortunately, the troupe Staller has gathered to wage his unceasingly enthusiastic arguments in Shaw's favor is a merry, well-spoken one.” – Theatermania

For all its hardheadedness and its cunningly firm construction, Man and Superman (1903) finds SHAW AT HIS QUIRKIEST. With Hammond's suave diablerie, Kennedy's warmth, and Murray's crispness, the evening does more than get by. It offers the miracle of all well-played Shaw: It never feels long.” – Village Voice


STALLER DELIVERS A JOLLY GOOD TIME. He paces the proceedings at a speedy clip and has edited the text down to a manageable length…He has also cleverly solved several of the play's more elaborate demands by simplifying them. The cast gets considerable comic mileage out of Shaw's sharp dialogue and heady notions. This is AN ENTERTAINING AND WELL-STAGED SHAVIAN PRODUCTION.” – Backstage

“The Irish Repertory Company/Gingold Theatrical Group’s ebullient, meaty, beautifully produced Man and Superman is more than likely to send any thinking audience member home broadly grinning. MAX GORDON MOORE (Jack) IS NEVER LESS THAN CAPTIVATING. His comic timing, artful, class-conscious physicality, and keen reactions willingly draw one’s attention. JONATHAN HAMMOND (Mendoza-whom they encounter in Spain, The Devil) IS IRRESISTIBLE. His commanding presence and resonant voice make the actor a welcome addition to the scenario. THE INIMITABLE BRIAN MURRAY (Ramsden) CONTINUES TO PERSONIFY BEING DISGRUNTLED AS SKILLFULLY AS HE MANAGES THE TWINKLE IN HIS EYE.” – Woman Around Town

“The acting: dynamic.  The direction: precise.  The costumes: gorgeous.  The set: detailed.  The story: enticing.  IRISH REP HAS A BONA FIDE HIT ON THEIR HANDS WITH GEORGE BERNARD SHAW'S MAN AND SUPERMAN, EASILY THE BEST PRODUCTION I'VE SEEN IN A LONG, LONG TIME. For a play written in 1903, this is a more relevant and thought-provoking piece than many modern comedies. As everyone’s story wraps up, the game cast is fiercer than ever. They’re all brilliant. Irish Rep’s MAN AND SUPERMAN should be a homework assignment for New York actors: a lesson in listening to fellow actors, in understanding the stakes, in being fully invested in the world of the play from start to finish.  My

sincere congratulations to everyone involved in this marvelous production.” – theateronline.com

Watching "Man and Superman," I sat alternating between guffaws and gob smackedness... and was OVER-THE-MOON WITH HAPPINESS. But knowing the plot, and that the actors are brimming with talent, that the visuals are enthralling and the direction wonderful only tells you the tip of what makes this AN EVENING WORTH RUSHING TO. The words, the cadence, the joy in dark humor, the thrust and parry of political swordplay is swoon-inducing. Lucky me to discover Shaw; and lucky you to GET A TICKET to "Man and Superman" at the Irish Repertory Theatre.Edge NY

“…Gingold Theatrical Group and the Irish Rep deserve our thanks for giving us a rare chance to see Shaw's comedy as intended but streamlined and with Jack's dream included. THE CAST IS STERLING. This is the first New York production of this work in twenty-five years. Given its inclusion of the often omitted portion, IT'S NOT ONLY A CHANCE TO SEE A RARELY DONE SHAW PLAY BUT TO SEE IT WITHOUT OMITTING A MEANINGFUL ELEMENT. Yes, it's talky but it's good talk.” – CurtainUp

Octavius Will Bradley
Janie Brookshire
Mendoza Jonathan Hammond
Mrs. Whitefield Laurie Kennedy
Jack Max Gordon Moore
Ramsden Brian Murray
Malone Paul O’Brien
Violet Margaret Loesser Robinson
Straker Brian Sgambati
Hector Zachary Spicer

Artistic Team:
Directed by David Staller
Set Design James Noone
Costume Design Theresa Squire
Lighting Design Kirk Bookman
Sound Design M. Florian Staab
Hair and Wig Design Robert-Charles Vallance
Properties Sven Henry Nelson
Casting Deborah Brown
Production Stage Manager Elis C. Arroyo
Assistant Stage Manager Arthur Atkinson












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