The Asolo Rep’s The Devil’s Disciple provides some abbreviated amusement.
By Kay Kipling
The Devil’s Disciple, Shaw’s only play set in America, takes place during the American Revolution in a New Hampshire town about to be overrun by British troops (who will soon find themselves on the run). The opening scene shows us Mrs. Dudgeon (Carolyn Michel) dealing with news of the death of not only her disreputable brother-in-law (whom she secretly loved long ago), but of her husband as well. Worse news, as far as she’s concerned: Her husband made a new will before dying that leaves not her, but her wayward elder son, Dick (Dan Donohue), as the chief heir.
Dan Donohue in the Asolo Rep’s The Devil’s Disciple.
One gets the feeling that Dick cares not so much for the money as for getting some form of payback against his rigidly religious mother, for he’s chosen a very different path and cares nothing for religious and social conventions. But when British officers arrest him by mistake instead of the town’s minister, the Rev. Anthony Anderson (James Clarke), Dick finds some reason within him to leave the mistake uncorrected—perhaps for the sake of the minister’s pretty young wife, Judith (Heather Kelley), with whom he seems to have a rapport despite her initial dislike.