"My plays must be acted," Bernard Shaw wrote to his director of choice, Granville Barker, "and acted hard." By this he meant not that they should be overplayed, but that Barker should resist the late-Victorian theater's prevailing habit of putting onstage well-clad, well-spoken people whose polite neutrality allowed a play to be heard, but not experienced, by its audience. "Directors always think," Shaw complained punningly, "that worms... More >>>