The Doctor’s Dilemma

By George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez

Oct 13 – Nov 24, 2012

“A wonderfully wrought production that has taken Shaw’s best and made it even better.”

– Arts in LA

“Sheer comical verve”

- The Los Angeles Times

“An entertaining fusion of comedy, tragedy, and romance”

- The Examiner

Who to save: a kindly colleague who serves the poor, or an extremely talented but unscrupulous young artist?  Shaw’s incisive comedy is an indictment of both the medical profession and artistic sensibility.

Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, which includes a 15 minute intermission

Harley Street doctor Sir Colenso Ridgeon’s revolutionary tuberculosis treatment remains experimental and his resources restricted to ten selected patients. The arrival of the striking and persuasive Jennifer Dubedat, desperate to save the life of her brilliant artist husband, nevertheless prompts Ridgeon to invite the young couple to a dinner where he and his colleagues may assess the merits of the case. Beguiled by the charismatic Dubedat and his lovely wife, they concur that his is a life worth saving, even at the expense of another. Yet no sooner are the medics congratulating themselves in their decision, than they are confronted by Dubedat’s questionable morality. Meanwhile, their impoverished colleague Blenkinsop, the most worthy but least exceptional of the lot, reveals himself in dire need of treatment. Disturbingly funny and psychologically incisive, Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma takes on with an irreverent glee the dubious ethics of the men who play God.

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