Muddled Myths and Patriarchy: PYGMALION at the Long Beach Playhouse

With all of the suits piled up on top of Shaw’s original play, it is refreshing to see the anti-romantic and pointedly feminist class-study Pygmalion at its unadorned core. Seeing a spirited revival of the original text could still prove to be a shocking or revelatory experience to contemporary audiences, but with the largely miscast and sloppily staged revival running now at the Long Beach Playhouse, audiences are likely to leave scratching their heads rather than feeling awoken.