Daniel J. Leary (essay date February 1963)
SOURCE: Leary, Daniel J. “Shaw's Use of Stylized Characters and Speech in Man and Superman.” Modern Drama 5, no. 4 (February 1963): 477-90.
[In the following essay, Leary explores the vitality of the characters and speeches in Man and Superman.]
In discussing the dramatic effectiveness of puppets, Shaw wrote:
I always hold up the wooden actors as instructive object-lessons to our flesh-and-blood players. … The puppet is the actor in his primitive form. Its symbolic costume, from which all realistic and historically correct impertinences are banished, its unchanging stare, petrified (or rather lignified) in a grimace...
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