|Bradford Cover (Leonard Charteris) and Karron Graves (Julia Craven)|
How It’s New York: This is a production of the Pearl Theatre, one of New York’s treasures; a company that specializes in strong productions of classic work. Also, let’s face it, sex scandals are so New York.
How It’s Irish: George Bernard Shaw was Irish, and the title character of the Philanderer (based on himself) has a smooth tongue, biting wit and huge ego. Sounds Irish to me.
A version of this review first appeared in Irish Examiner USA, Feb. 7. The show runs at City Center through the 19th.
By the way, if the two photos here look similar, that’s because it’s the same guy with two different ladies. Says it all, really.
Wowing The Ladies
“Then whose fault is it that half the women I speak to fall in love with me? Not mine: I hate it: it bores me to distraction. At first it flattered me -delighted me – that was how Julia got me, because she was the first woman who had the pluck to make me a declaration. But I soon had enough of it; and at no time have I taken the initiative and persecuted women with my advances as women have persecuted me. Never. Except, of course, in your case.”