Magic: A Fantastic Comedy

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(4.3 stars; 22 reviews)

George Bernard Shaw goaded the already successful essayist and novelist Chesterton into trying his hand at a play, with this 1913 result. The play examines the powers and mysteries of faith, belief, religion, and of course, magic - a mixture that should be familiar from many of his Father Brown stories. The play's success convinced him to write a couple of other later plays. - Summary by ToddHW

Cast list:

The Duke: Anthony

Doctor Grimthorpe: Ryyla Alder

The Rev. Cyril Smith: TriciaG

Morris Carleon : Brett W. Downey

Hastings, the Duke's Secretary : ToddHW

The Stranger / Conjurer : Kristin Gjerløw

Patricia Carleon : Beth Thomas

Stage Directions : Haili

Edited By:  ToddHW

Coordinated By:  ToddHW (1 hr 24 min)


Act 1 27:05 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 33:32 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 24:13 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


(5 stars)

the presentation was unusual, but was exactly right for this wonderful tale.

no good

(0.5 stars)

women doing men,s parts doesn't ever work. this was awful

(4 stars)

neat little play. does get you thinking . well done

(5 stars)

Great story with an unexpected twist at the end!