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BWW Review: Shaw's Saint Joan Gains Fresh Relevance As Condola...

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The title character of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan was burned at the stake nearly 500 years before the play premiered at Broadway's Garrick Theatre in December of 1923, but for many viewers there may have been a sense of topicality to the proceedings. The teenager who claimed to hear holy voices instructing her in the ways to lead France's army to victories over the British occupiers was canonized by Pope Benedict XV just three years earlier, so discussion about her place in history and what it says about the blending of government and religion was no doubt fresh in the public's consciousness.



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