BoHo Theatre


Pygmalion poster


By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Vance Smith
Associate Director: Peter Robel

A Co-Production With Stage Left Theatre

Jan 5 – Feb 14, 2013

presented at Theater Wit

Shaw's classic tale of wiley Cockney flowergirl Eliza Doolittle and her transformation into a high-society woman at the hands of the arrogant phonetician Henry Higgins. Higgins' takes on a bet to train Eliza to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The story was later adapted into the popular musical My Fair Lady, but Shaw's original tale is not one of romance, but of beauty, class, and power. A comedic and satirical today as it was then, Pygmalion will have you wondering what truly makes a person beautiful.

Pygmalion is BoHo's first co-production, a joint venture with Stage Left Theatre, whose mission is to raise debate on political and social issues. The production is directed by Stage Left Artistic Director Vance Smith, Associate Directed by BoHo's Associate Artistic Director Peter Robel, and features familiar artists from both companies.

  • Eliza Doolittle: Mouzam Makkar
  • Henry Higgins: Steve O'Connell
  • Colonel Pickering: Sandy Elias
  • Alfred Doolittle: Mark Pracht
  • Mrs. Higgins: Lisa Herceg
  • Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: Laura Sturm
  • Clara Eynsford-Hill: Rebecca Mauldin
  • Freddy Eynsford Hill: Charles Riffenburg IV
  • Mrs. Pearce: Stephanie Sullivan
  • Ensemble: Zev Valancy
  • Ensemble: Jeannie Saracino
  • Scenic Design: Eleanor Kahn
  • Lighting Design: Jessica Harpenau
  • Costume Design: Theresa Ham
  • Sound Design: Adam Smith
  • Properties Design: Cassy Schillo
  • Technical Director: Rick Julien
  • Dialect Coach: Lindsay Bartlett
  • Dramaturg: Skye Robinson Hillis
  • Stage Manager: Tara Malpass
  • Production Manager: Kristin Steele

Joseph Jefferson Awards

  • Outstanding Costume Design: Theresa Ham (nomination)

Pygmalion Videos

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Rave reviews for Pygmalion:

"a SHARPLY ACTED, VISUALLY ELEGANT version of this classic play that bristles with ideas" Highly Recommended
–Chicago Sun-Times

"quite an ENTERTAINING AND FORTHRIGHT production from director Vance Smith that brings a certain freshness and insouciance to this familiar, but invariably enjoyable, play... a VERY ENGAGING AND COMPELLING performance by Mouzam Makkar"
Chicago Tribune

"SUPER-CHARGED SHAW from BoHo Theatre & Stage Left Theatre: 'Pygmalion' is like standing under an ideas volcano. SUPERB PERFORMANCES ALL ROUND"
–WBEZ's Dueling Critics (via Twitter)

"BoHo Theatre and Stage Left Theatre have joined together to bring us a SPARKLING PRODUCTION of this wonderful story about class and manners... Steve O’Connell takes Henry Higgins to new heights adding just a bit of playfulness to this dialect expert'" (5 Stars)
Around The Town Chicago

"a worthy interpretation of 'Pygmalion' on its 100th birthday... Ms. Makkar nails the challenge of creating a single character even as Eliza undergoes such dramatic changes... Production values are impressive" 3-1/2 Stars
–Chicago Theater Beat

"'Pygmalion' is a quick, witty, verbal battle that never overstays its welcome... The charming scene work created by this clever ensemble is surprisingly modern... Director Vance Smith does a great job of making his production as visually artistic as possible. From the exquisitely detailed costumes by Theresa Ham and the damask-tinged backdrops by Eleanor Kahn, no embellishment is overlooked."
New City

This production has a cast that is worthy to give Shaw his due... "
ShowBiz Chicago