Spy Chat: My Fair Lady Starts Friday and Plans to be Loverly


“Why Can’t the English teach their children how to speak? This verbal class distinction should now be antique,” Henry Higgens implores, and “My Fair Lady” is off and running, laced with romance, class distinction, unforgettable music and even an underlying and credible polemic on gender politics.

For three weekends beginning this Friday, the Garfield Theatre for the Arts will be transformed into a modern Covent Garden and London apartment as Henry Higgens wagers that he can transform Cockney-accented flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a “proper speaking” English aristocrat, enough at least to pass off as a duchess.

With a cast of 23 accompanied by pianist Michelle Yoder Sensenig, Director Tess Hogan as re-visioned the masterpiece to work in The Garfield, updating its time realm, and placing it in a richly textured and beautifully lighted showcase.

The Spy caught up with Hogan during a recent rehearsal to talk about the production, the cast, and how community theatre infuses energy into the Chestertown arts scene.

April 15 – May 1 / Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
General Admission $20 / Students $10
Tickets available online at www.garfieldcenter.org or call Box Office at 410 810 2060
Hours: W-F 10am-3pm & most Saturdays 11am-2pm

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  1. jenifer e e says:

    Tess, you are awesome!

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