Hodgson, Moira, The Nation
If vanity gets Valmont in the end, amother fixation gets Henry Higgins. George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion has been so eclipsed in the public eye by the musical versions on stage and film that many people have forgotten that in the play Higgins does not marry Eliza Doolittle. Like Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pygmalion is an anti-romance; Higgins is a confirmed bachelor, arrogant, cold and rude, who can't give all his love to any woman but his mother. Eliza, however, will not take anything less.
At the Plymouth Theatre, PeterO'Toole gives a mesmerizing but eccentric performance as Higgins (and I don't mean eccentric just because he isn't a carbon of Rex Harrison). Sometimes he is …
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Publication information: Article title: Pygmalion. Contributors: Hodgson, Moira - Author. Magazine title: The Nation. Volume: 244. Publication date: May 23, 1987. Page number: 694+. © 1999 The Nation Company L.P. COPYRIGHT 1987 Gale Group.
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