UNCG Theatre will present the Victorian comedy “Man and Superman” by George Bernard Shaw March 27 – April 1 in Brown Theatre.

Regarded as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, Shaw used “Man and Superman” to provide comedic commentary on the uptight social norms common in England in the early 20th century. “He’s a classic playwright that our students — both in the theatre department and across campus — need to know about,” said John Gulley, the play’s director.

“Man and Superman” — which gets its title from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s ideas about the “Übermensch” (“Superman”) — centers on John Tanner and his relationship with Ann Whitefield. Tanner is a confirmed bachelor, despite the pursuits of Whitefield and her persistent efforts to solidify their relationship.

The play is a great romantic comedy and social satire, Gulley said. “The irony is that Jack, who thinks he’s taking the world forward into the future, is the dumbest character in the play when it comes to human feelings and emotions. He thinks he can just use his brain to conquer the world and become an authentic person. Ann reminds him that human beings are more than just brains and great arguments.

“From the beginning, we know that he’s in love with Ann Whitefield. We’re just waiting, in a fun way, for him to come to that realization.”

Instead of using a forward-facing proscenium stage, this production of “Man and Superman” will be performed in the round, with the audience right up on the action. “We’re doing it in the round to try to strip the play down to the essence of the human relationships,” Gulley said. “It’ll be interesting for the audience to be right on top of the action. The actors will make entrances and exits through the audience.”

As is common in many productions of “Man and Superman,” the UNCG production will omit Act 3 of the play.

The play will be performed in the Brown Building Theatre at 402 Tate St. at 7:30 p.m. March 27-29; 8 p.m. on March 30-31 and 2 p.m. on April 1. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased online at boxoffice.uncg.edu, by calling 336-334-4849 Monday-Friday between noon and 5 p.m. and at campus box office locations. Discounted rates are available for seniors, students, UNCG alumni and groups of 10 or more.

For more information, contact Jody Kaizen at (336)-334-4601.