Monday, October 24 th, 2016 at 00:10 am 



A MINISTER’S WIFE explores the fires burning beneath the surface of a seemingly ordinary marriage: The Revered James Morrell and his wife, Candida, are happily married – or at least they think – until a romantic young poet enters their life, turning their world upside-down.


A Minister’s Wife is now a musical which was originally written by George Bernard Shaw and was called Candida. It is the story in Victorian times of a well-meaning minister who has a wife to whom he is completely devoted, an acolyte who is kind of a screw-up, a secretary who is madly in love with him but doesn’t admit it — I mean, this is Victorian times — and enter his wife coming home with a young poet in tow who is clearly smitten by the minister’s wife. What happens is kind of a very George Bernard Shaw-ian, I suppose — discussion of the nature of love. This is — I mean, it’s a really good cast. It’s Mark Kudisch, who chews on the scenery a bit, Bobby Steggert, who is really terrific in this role, but he’s terrific in every role, and Kate Fry as the wife. All of them have lovely singing voices and I really liked about the last 10 or 15 minutes, but it’s kind of ponderous and in terms of sheer entertainment there’s so much other stuff this year. In a slower year this might do better, but there’s an awful lot of really good stuff and this is okay stuff. So I’d give it two and a half stars.