A Theatre Buff Reviews O’Flaherty V.C.

Ben Sanders as O'Flaherty and Patrick McManus as General Sir Pearce Madigan in O'Flaherty V.C. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Ben Sanders and Patrick McManus. Photo by Emily Cooper.

O’Flaherty V.C. is the quintessential Shavian play. The  time period is World War I; the setting is just before tea-time in the courtyard of a general’s manor house. In the space of a forty-five minute one act play, Shaw skewers religion, politics, education, war, and the British class system. O’Flaherty V.C. is fast, funny, and provocative; the actors (Ben Sanders, Patrick McManus, Tara Rosling, and Gabriella Sundar Singh) are superb. Please note however, there are two downsides. The play is only being offered in the 11:30 a.m. slot, and the run ends on October 6th. It was last presented at The Shaw Festival in 1983. If you don’t catch it this year, it may be a long time before it returns!

O’Flaherty V.C. is playing at the Royal George Theatre, Niagara-On-The-Lake until October 6, 2018.

Bonnie Lendrum is the author of Autumn’s Grace, the story of how one family manages the experience of palliative care with hope and humor despite sibling conflicts, generational pulls and career demands. Autumn’s Grace is a powerful commentary on the need for well-organized and well-funded palliative care in private homes and in residential hospices. It’s a gift to friends and family who want to prepare themselves to help fulfill the final wishes of someone they love.