Classical Theatre Company
Ibsen's Ghosts, a blistering commentary on 19th-century morality and hypocrisy, centers on a woman's efforts to keep her philandering husband's wealth out of the syphilitic hands of her son (who is in love with a maid who bears more than a passing resemblance to his father) by sinking it into an orphanage. The play’s shocking subject matter was hailed by Victorian-era fuddy-duddies as "revoltingly suggestive and blasphemous," praising its "gross, almost putrid indecorum." For a less scathing and more insouciant send-up of the same time period, George Bernard Shaw's Candida centers on an enchanting clergyman's wife as she finds herself torn between her upstanding but dull husband and the persistent advances of their romantic young houseguest. Shakespeare's beloved comedy As You Like It follows the meanderings of Rosalind and Orlando as they fall in love against a mystical woodland backdrop of cross-dressers and courtly intrigue—speaking such immortal lines as "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players" and "NOOOO!" along the way.