Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Shaw thing

It is red-faced at my own tardiness that I finally get around to plugging Project Shaw, in which the Gingold Theatrical Group (named after Hermione, of course) and producer-director David Staller stage readings of every single one of George Bernard Shaw's plays, no matter how minor. This admirable endeavor started in January ’06 and Staller—the soul behind it all—has put on 18 plays so far, each for the humble ticket price of $15. Even better, some of New York's most formidable thespians are lending a hand—along with some of New York's most formidable theater scribes, including TONY's own David Cote and Adam Feldman.

It was Mr. Feldman's guest appearance as "the Manager" in 1935's The Millionairess (and the mouth-watering rumor that this was the playwright's attempt at screwball comedy) (and the fact that I finally remembered to write down the damn thing on my calendar) that prompted me to catch my first Project Shaw this past Monday.

Mr. Feldman was so magnetic in his brief scene, his (Irish?) accent so unerring that I blanked out the rest of the evening. Some of the other people crowding the stage included, if I remember correctly, Tyne Daly, her one-time Herbie (when she did Gypsy on Broadway) Jonathan Hadary, Rebecca Luker and Daniel Jenkins (the latter two on their night off from Mary Poppins, where they play the Bankses). The play itsef was little more than a period curio, but all the more precious for its delicious datedness. Now I have to go back for a show with Mr. Cote!

Project Shaw is taking a break in August, when its home, the Players on Gramercy Park South, closes. The next performance is Man and Superman on September 17—but are they going to do the lengthy "Don Juan in Hell" act? Note to David Staller: This might be a fine opportunity for TONY's dynamic duo. I'm just sayin'. In the meantime, check out their Sitemeter-busting vlog.

1 comment:

Shmadam Schmeldman said...

I am not Adam Feldman, but if I were Adam Feldman, I would perhaps take mild issue with your little dig at his show-stealing star turn as the Manager ("his (Irish?) accent so unerring..."). Although surely only Adam Feldman himself could know for sure, and so I, not being Adam Feldman, can only guess at this, I would assume that the slightly odd accent in question was a deliberate choice on Adam Feldman's part (perhaps even at the suggestion of David Staller himself) to communicate the fact that the Manager is a lower-class fellow who is straining to maintain a fake upper-class accent. I could well understand how you might have missed such subtleties in the general excitement of seeing Adam Feldman--whom I could not be further from being--perform on stage. So I'm sure Adam Feldman would forgive you the slight. I know I would do so if I were him.