PASSION, POISON AND PETRIFACTION, by George Bernard Shaw. Directed and designed by Barry Keating '69.
"Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction" was outrageous and delightful.
On the surface, it may have appeared that Barry Keating's direction was in competition with Shaw's
script, or that the script was merely an excuse for a sequence of highly entertaining stage effects.
I envision myself debating whether the production was so extravagant as to have been offensive.
There are two arguments I could use to defend the play. First, I might try to justify the extravagance.
"The black, pink, and gold set, with its feathers, fringe, and bottles, was perfectly in keeping with
the spirit of the play, which was extravagant to begin with." Secondly, I could concede the argument.
"The production was offensively extravagant. But I loved it anyway." Either way, you see, the
I don't see how James Steinman '69 survived two performances' worth of mauling at the hands of the
diabolical George FitzTollemache (David Corcoran '69) and his saintly wife Magnesia (Elizabeth Egbert,
Mount Holyoke '67). I don't see how the point on the sets survived the streams of gazogene water.
And I don't see how anyone who saw this production could complain.
Source: Amherst Student archives