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George Bernard Shaw

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A true socialist and always proud of it, Shaw outraged early Broadway auds with not only his politics but also his outré take on religion, war and sex. In 1905, the year of Variety‘s debut, the playwright had no fewer than six plays running on Broadway, including three that have never fallen out of circulation: “Candida,” “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” and “Man and Superman.” By comparison, almost all other plays of that vintage have been reduced to relic stature. For the record, Shaw’s Broadway debut came in 1894 with “Arms and the Man” at the now-defunct Herald Square Theater. His latest production was “Major Barbara,” starring Cherry Jones, at the Roundabout in 2001.

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