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Widowers' Houses 

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 4
Phone: 510-843-4822
Price: $33-65

Widowers’ Houses

Aurora Theatre Company’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s Widowers’ Houses connects 1892 society to 2018 culture with themes of the rich exploiting the urban poor, passionate young lovers, and moral disillusionment. Director Joy Carlin helms Shaw’s first play, one of three “unpleasant” works so labeled because their comedic, satiric approach addressed uncomfortable subject matter, unusual for theater at the time. Dr. Harry Trench (the ever-versatile Dan Hoyle) falls in love with Blanche Sartorius (venerable Megan Trout), but soon veers away from romantic bliss and being a better man as he contemplates joining his father-in-law and other villainous characters in taking advantage of impoverished tenants. Of course, Houses is overall a comedy and, with mildly improbable twists and zany characters, it all ends in love and laughter. Real life is not nearly so tidy, but the six-pack cast is terrific, which means Houses is likely to leave audiences damning capitalism, applauding strong acting, and imagining a better, more equitable world.
— Lou Fancher
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