by George Bernard Shaw
directed by Tony Walton
December 5 – January 27, 2008
The Devil’s Disciple, George Bernard Shaw’s crackling comedy set during the American War of Independence, is the story of the rascal, Dick Dudgeon, a young revolutionary brought up in a harshly puritan home, who finds himself starved for a true religion. His passionate belief in the right to human happiness lands him smack in the middle of a masquerade which could result in dangerous, indeed, life threatening consequences. Shaw’s superb wit and wisdom send us reeling toward a delicious revelation in this timely play which could have been written today.
“The Irish Rep has always had a way with Shaw, but they’ve outdone themselves with Tony Walton’s production of his topsy-turvy Revolutionary War Story. If there’s a weak link anywhere, I didn’t notice it.” -Wall Street Journal
“FULL OF SWASHBUCKLING ACTION, SEXUAL TENSION AND LOOMING VIOLENCE… A DELIGHTFULLY ABSURD FARCE” -NY Times
“There is a good match between director and designer Tony Walton and George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple. Walton, born in Britain understands his country’s own history, as well as Shaw’s hostile Irish take on the British. Bring The Irish Repertory Theatre into the mix and we have a scintillating well-staged production of the entertaining play set in America during a turning point in the revolutionary war.” – William Wolf