ARMS AND THE MAN
A soldier on the run climbs into Raina’s bedroom. She shelters him, but then discovers that, unlike the heroic officer to whom she is engaged, he despises war and carries not ammunition, but chocolate. When the ‘chocolate cream soldier’ reappears after the war, the consequences for Raina and her family are unexpected and amusing.
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From the Back Cover:
In the opening scene of Arms and the Man, which establishes the play’s embattled Balkan setting, young Raina learns of her suitor’s heroic exploits in combat. She rhapsodizes that it is “a glorious world for women who can see its glory and men who can act its romance!” Soon, however, such romantic falsifications of love and warfare are brilliantly and at times hilariously unmasked in a comedy that reveals George Bernard Shaw at his best as an acute social observer and witty provocateur.
First produced on the London stage in 1894, Arms and the Man continues to be among the most performed of Shaw’s plays around the world. The play is reprinted in its entirety here from an authoritative British edition, and is complete with Shaw’s stimulating preface to Volume II of Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant.
From the Inside Flap:
It’s 1885, and Raina’s bourgeois Bulgarian family is caught up in the heady patriotism of the war with Serbia. The beautiful, headstrong Raina eagerly awaits her fianc ‘s victorious return from battle – but instead meets a soldier who seeks asylum in her bedroom. This is one soldier who definitely prefers romance and chocolate to fear and bullets. War may be raging on the battlefield, but it’s the battle of the sexes that heats up this extraordinary comedy and offers very different notions of love and war.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Al Espinosa, Jeremy Sisto, Teri Garr, Anne Heche, Micahel Winters, Jason Kravits and Sarah Rafferty.
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