Like Dr. Stafford, my professor for "British Nobel Playwrights" class said: "this is not his best." I am about to read a whole slew of Shaw, Beckett and Pinter... and "Widower's Houses" is notable more than likely simply for being Shaw's first endeavour. The dialogue is pre-sitcom; utilizing discourse which kind of bares the true, evil natures of all the protagonists is very effective. In 3 acts there are always present at least 2 distinct POVs exchanging, quite articulately, various ideas. The themes of money being perpetually tainted, of slum lordism and the insipid age-old views of the rich (as they get rich, a yes, you get poor) are all explored. "Not his best" it is said— so it probably only goes up from here.
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