The first thing you need to know about the Alley Theatres production of Pygmalion is that it isnt just a staged version of the popular Audrey Heburn/Rex Harrison film. No, this Pygmalion is much darker, exploring the rigid class divisions and earnest sexual politics of English society at the turn of the 20th century.
Alley Theatre resident company member Todd Waite appears as Henry Higgins, a phonetics professor who, on a whim, bets a friend he can take a lowly flower girl and change her into a refined young lady. Elizabeth Bunch is Eliza Doolittle, the young woman in question. With a thick Cockney accent and a guttersnipe upbringing, she resists Higgins at every turn. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through June 12. 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $21 to $70.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 20. Continues through June 12, 2011