United Players of Vancouver

Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw

By Jane Penistan

Audiences have come to expect a high standard of production from the United Players. This production of Shaw's Heartbreak House lives up to the highest expectations. Directed by Don S. Williams, who obviously has a clear understanding of the playwright's intention, in a set designed by Colin Atwood , who reads Shaw's instructions, and obeys them, the actors deliver their lines with understanding and wit.The costumes, by Sunny Winkler are colourful, and in the style of the immediate pre -1914 era.

In this excellent cast it is difficult to single out an outstanding performer since all the actors present their characters so well.The diction and timing are admirable.Shaw's plays are very wordy and Heartbreak House is no exception, but this production never flags or seems tedious. This is a play to be enjoyed throughout and one not to be missed.