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Shaws opens six-hour Man and Superman with Don Juan in Hell

The Shaw Festival’s four-act mega production of “Man and Superman with Don Juan in Hell” has opened.

The play is literally an all-day affair, directed by the festival’s intern artistic director, Kimberley Rampersad.

Performances, recommended for ages 14 and up, start at 11 a.m. and run for six hours, including two intermissions and a 70-minute lunch break.

Set in the early 1900s, the George Bernard Shaw classic tells the tale of Ann Whitefield (Sara Topham), who has been left in the care of her childhood friend Jack Tanner (Gray Powell), a radical thinker and confirmed bachelor.

Tanner assumes that Ann will marry Octavius (Kyle Blair), the poet who hopelessly adores her, but it soon becomes clear that Jack could not be more wrong. What follows is a dynamic debate for the ages, in which surrender to the life force seems both irrational and inevitable.

“Man and Superman with Don Juan in Hell” also features Martha Burns as Mendoza and the Devil, and Tom McCamus in the roles of Goatherd, Officer and Mr. Malone.

Although set more than 100 years ago, Camellia Koo’s scenic and costume design hints at a present-day sensibility.

Sets are constantly shifting to create a feeling of openness, allowing natural elements to infiltrate the ordered world of Edwardian society.  Music composition by Joseph Tritt, is influenced by Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Special menu options can be ordered. Lunch pricing is per person and is on top of ticket prices. More information can be found at

The play runs until Oct. 5 at The Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, in Old Town.