Asolo Conservatory stages Shaw classic in Sarasota

April 4, 2013 

Every season, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training schedules at least one classic work. That's a great thing, both for the acting students who gain experience in the essential canon of theater, and for audiences, who are treated to works that are so strong that they've maintained their relevancy through time.

This season, it's George Bernard Shaw's "Candida," which opens Tuesday for a three-week run.

The plot revolves around a minister's wife -- named Candida, of course -- who has to choose between an exciting and passionate young poet and her staid and stable husband.

It's packed with Shaw's delightful and highly literary wit, but it's also infused with examinations of politics, love, passion and the liberated woman.

Director Andrei Maleav-Babel said he'll deliver a faithful rendition of Shaw's play, simply because it's timeless and doesn't need to be tampered with for contemporary audiences.

"Shaw was very specific about his stage directions and we are going to honor his intentions," Maleav-Babel said. "We are not going to put our own contemporary spin on the play, or set it in a different time period. The play is amazingly contemporary. Shaw looks at the puzzle of life, which is the same in 1894 or 2013."

Details: April 9-28, Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 7:30 Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $29 evenings; $28 matinees. Students receive 50 percent off with advance ticket. "Pay What You Can Night" is April 9. Information: www.asolorep.org/conservatory or 941-351-8000.

-- Marty Clear

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