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Candida

Candida premiered in 1898 and has played in countless theaters throughout the century since. It was the first play ever staged at Horse Cave Theatre when it opened its first season in 1977. Horse Cave restaged it for its 25th-anniversary celebration in 2001, which is when KET’s field trip was produced.

a Horse Cave rehearsal of Candida Despite its classic status, Candida has proven itself to be a truly modern play with each return. Its timeless humor revolves around confusing interactions between the sexes as Candida Morell, wife of a respectable reverend, finds herself caught between two men: her husband and the free-spirited poet they’ve invited into their home.

On one hand is Morell, who knows all about the spiritual side of love, but perhaps not so much about his own wife’s needs. On the other is the young poet who believes he truly knows the heart. Which man does Candida really want? She alone must ultimately choose.

Playwright George Bernard Shaw asks, “What is the meaning of love?” But he never answers his question—instead, he lets the audience decide.

Shaw’s character of Candida is open and frank; she has been called “one of Shaw’s wisest and strongest female characters.” She’s more on top of the situation than either of her suitors, and therein lies the humor—and the lesson—of Shaw’s drama.

Finally, for the record: Shaw’s Candida is not pronounced “Can-deed”—that’s the novel by Voltaire. And it’s not “can-DEE-da.” That’s Bernstein’s musical. The title character’s name is pronounced a little like the country—“CAN-de-da.”


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