Love strikes at first sight, a father is reunited with lost children, youth shocks polite taste, a young dentist misbehaves, a waiter saves the day, and in the end a mysterious stranger resolves all.
It’s You Never Can Tell, George Bernard Shaw’s frothy romantic comedy, presented by the Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts Feb. 23-27, 2011. Performances will take place in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Set in an English seaside resort in the Edwardian era, the play centers around the Clandon family, recently returned to England after 18 years in Spain. When they invite a local young dentist and his landlord for lunch, they are shocked to learn the landlord is the family’s long-estranged father. Meanwhile the dentist falls for the Clandons’ oldest daughter, an emancipated modern woman with her own ideas about love.
Shaw’s play, which pokes fun at Victorian social mores and the follies of relationships, has remained an audience favorite since its debut in 1897.
The production is directed by alumnus Patrick Kelly ’68, a three-time winner of the Dallas Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for Best Direction and former chair of the Drama Department at the University of Dallas. Kelly has directed numerous productions for the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as well as for theatres in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
Set design is by New York-based guest artist John Arnone ’70, a Tony Award-winning designer and fellow Meadows alumnus. Arnone began his distinguished career in 1976 with Vanities, an off-Broadway hit that launched the careers of Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates ’69 and playwright Jack Heifner ’75. Arnone has designed numerous Broadway shows, including Grease, The Full Monty and Edward Albee’s The Goat, winning the Tony for The Who’s Tommy.
Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS), or visit the Meadows website.
Above, Cliff Miller (left) as Dr. Valentine, Tiffany Hobbs as Miss Gloria Clandon, and Teddy Spencer as The Waiter at the Marine Hotel (with umbrella).