Mrs. Warren’s Profession
comes from a place of frustration. “It’s certainly an indictment on the social conditions of women, the labor market and prostitution,” she says. “What’s immoral? There’s still the wage gap and there’s the prejudice of woman choosing to have children. In an indirect way, this play is still very relevant.” Traber admits to having trouble setting this Classical Theatre Company production of Shaw’s 1894 play, which stars Celeste Roberts, Shanae’a Moore, Ted Doolittle and more, in modern times. “I couldn’t fully commit because it adds a negative spin on Mrs. Warren, because so much of prostitution today is women in bondage, where they’re kidnapped. Shaw was arguing woman may [have chosen] this lifestyle. [With] women today, it is much more complicated.”
8 p.m. Friday. Continuing 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays (with post-show talk-back); special performances 8 p.m. October 11 and 16. October 6 through 22. 4617 Montrose. For information, call 713-963-9665 or visit classicaltheatre.org
. $10 to $25.
Classical Theatre Company returns to the great George Bernard Shaw for this first time since producing the smash hit Candida back in 2011. Regarded by many to be the second finest author in the English language, Shaw is well known for his wordsmithing and wit. His keen ear and ability to recreate the voices of those he encountered and brought to life on the page are without peer.
First performed in 1902, Mrs. Warren’s Profession shows us the life of a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Kitty Warren, a former prostitute and current brothel madam, as she becomes acquainted with her grown daughter, Vivie, for the first time in her life. Vivie, a recent University of Cambridge graduate is horrified to learn what her mother does for her profession, and the audience sees how this realization changes the dynamic of their relationship and brings to light the role of professional women in the Western world.
Starring Celeste Roberts, Shanae'a Rae Moore, Blake Jackson, Ted Doolittle, Tom Long, and Dwight Clark
Directed by Julia Traber
Houston director Julia Traber’s new take on the George Bernard Shaw classic