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'MRS. WARREN' COMES TO SHAW FESTIVAL

The Shaw Festival's Court House Theatre opens its doors for the season on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with a new production of Bernard Shaw's 1893 morality play "Mrs. Warren's Profession," which will run through Sept. 23. Directed by Glynis Leyshon and starring Joan Orenstein and Tracey Ferencz, the play poses the dilemma of a well-educated, free-thinking girl suddenly confronted with the startling fact that it was her mother's earnings as a madame which got her to this point in life. As the festival's advertising succinctly points out, "Shaw delights in the contradictions." Next Friday at 7:30 the Court House Theatre's second major production of the season takes to the boards. It's Cole Porter's forgotten 1933 musical "Nymph Errant." As last season's "risk" production it enjoyed seven sold-out performances, and it is back again to run through Sept. 23. Like "Mrs. Warren," this scenario also involves a young woman of refinement and high social position, but one who is obsessed with taking a crash course in sexual education. Too risque for 1930s audiences, the musical has languished ever since, despite being full of top-drawer Porter tunes. It features Charlotte Moore and Karen Wood, staged by Allen MacInnes, conducted by Christopher Donison. Completing the round of midseason openings is Shaw's one-act play "Village Wooing," which opens at the Royal George Theater at noon next Friday, continuing at the noon hour through Sept. 30. Michael Ball and Wendy Thatcher create this battle of romantic wits. -- Herman Trotter

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