Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 7. June 23rd, 1948
Poison, Passion . .
Poison, Passion . . .
A farce should be quick, slick, and overacted. Shaw's penchant for subtle wit detracts from his success in this kind of play, because too many of the laugh lines are lost when the characters are rushing round the stage.
John Little's production of Shaw's "Poison. Passion and Petrifaction" could be described as a qualified success. All the characters could have made more of their lines, except Erica Allison, who handled her small part as the landlady very well. Jim Young as George and Lindsay McDonald as Adolphus were competent but too much alike, and Nan Collins as Magnesia did not seem seductive enough to provoke even a melodramatic murder.
The supper was competently served.
—A. O. McLeod.