By: Nkosi Nurse, Staff Writer.

Before we begin this review, it’s important that you understand that this review is based on the preview of “Pygmalion” on Bergen Stages. Therefore, any faults may have been corrected by the time the play officially releases.

In “Pygmalion” Henry Higgins is a renowned professor of phonetics, capable of discerning a person’s place of birth by listening to how they speak. On a bet, he takes in Eliza Doolittle, a poor flower girl with a cockney accent and attempts to transform her from an ill mannered cretin into a duchess all the while giving little thought of what’s to come of her once the experiment is over.

If I had one gripe with the play, it was with the sound effects in the play’s first act. The first act, which takes place during a thunderstorm, was nearly impossible to follow. While I would never criticize a play for adding an extra layer of sound for sophistication, the levels at which the sound effects were being played was far too loud. Not helping this matter were the accents. Much like Professor Higgins, “Pygmalion” employs a variety of accents which initially took some getting used to. While my ear adjusted quickly enough once the rain stopped, the initial lines were lost between raindrops and what few snatches of conversation that could be made out. But once again this play was reviewed during a preview, and hopefully the crew will have worked out this particular kink by opening day.

Outside of those minor annoyances “Pygmalion” was truly a treat to see. The script was witty and engaging. The use of voice recordings during set changes not only helped to add exposition but also aided in keeping the audience immersed in the play. All in all “Pygmalion” was a truly an enjoyable experience.