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Candida - Gingold Theatrical Group

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Candida - The Gingold Theatrical Group

The Gingold Theatrical Group (GTG), New York, has for years been producing monthly readings of Shaw's plays on stage. In this time of the plague, they're one of the innovative companies adapting to the lock-down by going digital. Starting on May 20th and available online for five days, they presented a reading of Shaw's Candida.
Candida was the fifth of Shaw's plays, written in 1894 and published in 1898 as one of the Plays Pleasant. Its first success was in new York in 1903, and a second success followed in London the next year. Both cities were said to  be struck with Candidamania.
And, indeed, it's a delightful play. The inspirational cleric James Morell and his wife Candida are joined in a cerebral ménage à trois by a young romantic, Eugene Marchbanks, who thinks Morell doesn't deserve her. This early play anticipates the later Shavian classics. Morell foreshadows Shaw's socialists such as John Tanner from Man and Sup…