[Vwoolf] New York Times review of Heartbreak House with Shaw's snark about Virginia

Neverow, Vara S. neverowv1 at southernct.edu
Thu Jun 1 11:18:54 EDT 2017


Just an alert regarding a passing reference to Virginia Woolf in Jesse Green's review of a production of Heartbreak House in Hartford, CT featuring Andrew Long's Trump-esque depiction of Boss Mangan in the play complete with a blond comb-over wig.

Green states in the review that, "Shaw has been busy exposing us to two breeds of ineffectual English elites, circa 1914: the cultured but idle bohemian class, represented by Hesione Hushabye (partly based on Virginia Woolf) and the horsy, empty-headed aristocracy represented by her sister, Lady Utterwood." Christopher Innes confirms in A Sourcebook on Naturalist Theatre that Shaw intended to allude to Virginia and Vanessa as well as Lady Ottoline Morrell in his crafting of the two Shotover daughters (233).



Vara Neverow
Department of English
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515
neverowv1 at southernct.edu
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