Opera & Musical Theater

Shaw’s Heartbreak House At Main Street Theater

Rebecca Greene Udden and Charles Krohn talk about the MST production.


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On the eve of the Great War, Ellie Dunn, her father Mazzini, and her fiancé Boss Mangan, are invited to stay at the house of Hesione Hushabye. As the guests assemble much is revealed: Mangan is a scoundrel, Mazzini is perhaps more than a bumbling prig, and Ellie’s in love with Hector, Hesione’s husband.

George Bernard Shaw’s play, first published and performed after World War I, lampoons British society as it unconcernedly sinks towards disaster. His contention in Heartbreak House, according to one critic, was that “those in a position to guide Europe to safety failed to learn their proper business of political navigation.”

Main Street Theater’s production, directed by artistic director Rebecca Greene Udden, stars Charles Krohn as Captain Shotover, the eccentric patriarch of the house. They talk about Heartbreak House with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn.

George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House is on stage at Main Street Theater – Rice Village through June 1st.