Re-creation of the Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's 1920 comedy of manners.The troubles of England are parallel with the domestic troubles of Captain Shotover's household.

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Anthony Page

Writers:

Anthony Page (adaptation), George Bernard Shaw (play)
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Episode credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Captain Shotover
Amy Irving ... Ellie Dunn
Rosemary Harris ... Hesione Hushabye
Dana Ivey ... Lady Ariadne Utterword
George Martin ... Boss Mangan
Tom Aldredge ... Mazzini
Jan Miner ... Nurse Guinness
Remak Ramsay Remak Ramsay ... Hector Hushabye
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Bill Moor Bill Moor ... Randall
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Re-creation of the Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's 1920 comedy of manners.The troubles of England are parallel with the domestic troubles of Captain Shotover's household.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1985 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First shown in the U.S. in 1984, on "Broadway on Showtime", a series once telecast on the Showtime cable channel. See more »

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Version of BBC Play of the Month: Heartbreak House (1977) See more »

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Excellent
28 July 2005 | by alluvus2303See all my reviews

I managed to find this very rare video from a Canadian seller, and spent more money than I could spare to get it. For the most part, I was glad I did. As a Shaw fan, I was thrilled to get to see one of his lesser known works performed by a top-notch cast.

Rex Harrison was in rare form as Captain Shotover, playing well not only with Amy Irving (in her Broadway debut as Ellie Dunn) but with the formidable Rosemary Harry as the airy, yet surprisingly complex Hesione Hushabye. Harrison captured not only the humor, but the pathos of this man who has seen better years and still has the gumption to grasp at happiness in the face of a world quite madder than he himself has become. Theatrical diva Rosemary Harris is brilliant as Hesione, grand and sweeping like a flock of butterflies, yet still a strong enough character to anchor the play. She is the glue that holds the family together, and she is as warm and sensual as her sister Ariadne (Dana Ivey) is cold and manipulative. Even so, in her own unconventional way, she can be as manipulative as her sister when she wants to be.

Dana Ivey, who garnered one of her two Tony nominations in 1984 for her work in this play, was cast somewhat against type as man-killer Ariadne Utterwood. She pulled off the haughty, shallow, angry character quite well, managing a sort of frigid sexuality that drives her suitors to distraction. But she's Ivey through and through, and there's more bite than nibble to this siren.

That being said, no one in the cast could stand against the utter domination of Harris' and Harrison's bravura performances. Difficult to find, but Heartbreak House is definitely worth the search for serious theater fans.


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