George Bernard Shaw was an interesting dude, to say the least. He made his name as a man of letters, but scorned the formal educational system of his day. He was a vegetarian, a socialist, a proponent of gender equality and an advocate of eugenics. A guy with that many socio-political buttons has got to be difficult to live with -- not that he wanted to get married anyway. Shaw believed the institution was corrupt, and he had compunctions about sharing that opinion. Enter Charlotte Payne-Townshend, also a socialist and a free-thinking Victorian woman; she wanted nothing to do with children or the making of them. And yet she and Shaw were married for 45 years. How did such a union ever happen? One possible answer is found in John Morogiello's comedy, Engaging Shaw. Morogiello uses the known facts of their courtship (Shaw pursued, Payne-Townshend allowed it) to craft an engaging romance that is Shavian in its wit, and entirely imagined. The West End Players Guild presents Engaging Shaw at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (February 8 through 17) at the Union Avenue Christian Church; 314-367-0025 or www.westendplayers.org). Tickets are $20.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 8. Continues through Feb. 17, 2013