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Mrs. Warren's Profession

by George Bernard Shaw

Hmm. Well, certainly a comment on the society of the day, though some elements still ring true. Viv seems to me to be an old idea of a "modern woman," going against what is expected of typical Victorian women. She interests me because she is not simple, and in my opinion not what I would today consider a "modern woman." Yes, she holds true to her moral ideals and yes she is strong and independent and career-oriented, and yes she does not allow a man (or a woman, at that) to determine her future for her, but at the expense of love and forgiveness and sentiment of any kind? Exploring that woman's psyche, as influenced by the time and circumstance in which she grew up, would be a wonderful challenge.

I find it humorous that my copy of "Mrs. Warren's Profession" is preceded by an essay entitled "The Author's Apology" - Shaw's response to the critical reaction the play received, which was naturally quite strong as it caused quite a scandal in it's day due to the issue of prostitution and the role of women in the play. I find the play less about the actual profession and more about how that profession defines and determines the relationships in the play - mainly between mother and daughter.

Acting challenges: British accent (Surrey), period piece, emotional life contrasts my own. Who has the power in the scene at any given time?

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