Spokane Civic Theatre’s next studio show, Misalliance, is a comedy set in Victorian England exploring themes of political non-involvement, propriety and passivity. Full of dry wit and irony, this period depiction of courtship customs of the era pokes fun at the effort put into pursuing the idealized unattainable mate — a topic still relatable to this day. Written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw in the early 1900s, the story follows Hypatia, whose father made his rags-to-riches fortune in the underwear business. Hypatia is engaged to the smart but emotionally dumb Bentley Summerhays. Then, one Saturday afternoon, a growing cast of unexpected male guests drop in and, by the end of it all, eight marriage proposals have been offered to Hypatia. But whose will she accept (if any)?
April 27-May 20; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $14-$27 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • spokanecivictheatre.com • 325-2507
— Eric Schucht