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Pygmalion

2004 Addison Award for Best Actress in a Comedy

Reviews

But the evening belonged to its Eliza, Ellen Adair, who has the frail beauty that speaks of Dickensian workhouses and Doré’s London engravings. Having recently graduated from Boston University, Ms. Adair stepping onstage in PYGMALION was equivalent to Eliza going into society; just as the flower girl looks to her professor for guidance and shaping so was Ms. Adair dependent upon her director. Happily, Marc S. Miller lent a relaxed, fatherly hand that gave both Ms. Adair and Eliza a growing confidence and maturity that ended in a photo finish (what can be more enchanting in the theatre than to watch a newcomer slowly but surely take the stage?). Eliza’s Cockney side, complete with a dangling lock of hair a la Boy George, was an amusing turn that never became coarse or brazen (a priceless moment: while the others discussed her future, Ms. Adair sat to one side, preoccupied with sucking chocolate off her teeth, like a cat remembering the taste of cream) and she was hilariously at sixes and sevens at Mrs. Higgin's soiree. However, Ms. Adair was at her best as the counterfeit lady who turns out to be the genuine article by displaying an innate decency, a clear eye and a continuing lack of pretension, a woman who walks out amused rather than angry, knowing Higgins is not her equal rather than the other way around. PYGMALION was an impressive start to a new career and I hope Ms. Adair will remain in the area, at least, for awhile --- the winters here can be harsh, but lovely things can grow during spring and summer.
-Carl Rossi, Theatermirror


Images

These images are largely thanks to Martin Kemp, whose full documentation of the production can be found here. Some also appear courtesty of Kevin Ashworth and Max Flisi.


Max Flisi as Freddy Eynsford-Hill and Ellen Adair as Eliza Doolittle. Max Flisi


Jeffrey B. Phillips as Bystander, Ellen Adair, Ron Brinn as Colonel Pickering. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair, Olivia Doran as Mrs. Pierce, Kevin Ashworth as Henry Higgins. Kevin Ashworth



Ellen Adair, Olivia Doran. Martin Kemp



Kevin Ashworth, Ron Brinn, Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Ron Brinn, Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair, Kevin Ashworth. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Kevin Ashworth, Ron Brinn, Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair, Kevin Ashworth. Kevin Ashworth



Ellen Adair, Kevin Ashworth. Kevin Ashworth



Kevin Ashworth, Ellen Adair, Renee Miller as Mrs. Higgins. Kevin Ashworth



Gwen Sweet as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, Ron Brinn, Kevin Ashworth. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair. Marin Kemp



Gwen Sweet, Ron Brinn, Ellen Adair, Kevin Ashworth, Max Flisi, Renee Miller. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Kevin Ashworth, Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair, Kevin Ashworth. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair, Max Flisi. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair, Renee Miller, Kevin Ashworth. Martin Kemp



Ron Brinn, Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Kevin Ashworth, Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Kevin Ashworth, Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Kevin Ashworth, Ellen Adair. Martin Kemp



Ellen Adair, Kevin Ashworth. Martin Kemp


 
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