“Alluring. Stage vet Elizabeth Ashley…does pleasurable justice to one of Shaw’s more decadent creations.”
The Washington Post

“As poignant an assessment of Mrs. Warren’s Profession as I can remember.”
Washington City Paper

“Elizabeth Ashley…is delicious as the matriarchal madam.
When Ashley’s on stage, she rules.”


Originally banned from the stage, Mrs. Warren’s Profession scandalized audiences upon its debut. The world of the idealistic Vivie is turned upside down when she learns that her family’s considerable wealth comes from her mother’s management of a chain of brothels. Is Mrs. Warren’s profession an outrageous moral failure or a paragon of female achievement? STC favorite Elizabeth Ashley (The Little Foxes, Sweet Bird of Youth) returns to Washington to play the resourceful Mrs. Warren. Director Keith Baxter’s comedies have been hailed by the Washington City Paper as “splendiferous” (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and “hiccup-inducing hilarious” (The Imaginary Invalid).

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Mrs. Warren's Profession

Jun 08 - Jul 11

Sidney Harman Hallby George Bernard Shaw

directed by Keith Baxter
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