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Cherry Jones and Sally Hawkins star in sluggish revival of 'Mrs. Warren's Profession' on Broadway

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Image Credit: Joan MarcusLast night, a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s century-old drama Mrs. Warren’s Profession opened on Broadway, starring 24‘s Cherry Jones and Happy-Go-Lucky‘s Sally Hawkins as a dueling mother-daughter duo in bucolic England. Their pair’s point of contention? The fact that—gasp!—mother runs a string of whorehouses throughout Europe. The subject is one that must have been taboo and thought-provoking when the play was originally performed, but today just seems rather quaint. In my review of  Mrs. Warren’s Profession, I praised stage veteran Jones for her “commanding and grand presence,” but found director Dough Hughes’ production at the Roundabout Theatre Company did “little to make this rather old-fashioned story feel vital in an age when the mere mention of a whorehouse doesn’t carry much shock value.” (You can check out my full C+ review here.)