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Major Barbara - Full Length Play, Comedy

Major Barbara

Bernard Shaw

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Full Length Play, Comedy

9m, 7f

ISBN: 9780140437904

A drama about an armaments king, his daughter in the Salvation army and a foundling Professor of Greek. The society that makes Barbara necessary is repellent, but should we admire or condemn do-gooders like her?

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Andrew Undershaft, a millionaire armaments manufacturer, loves money and despises poverty. His estranged daughter Barbara, on the other hand, shows her love for the poor by throwing her energies into her work as a Major in the Salvation Army, and sees her father as another soul to be saved. But when the Army needs funds to keep going, it is Undershaft who saves the day with a large cheque forcing Barbara to examine her moral assumptions. Are they right to accept money that has been obtained by Death and Destruction'? Full of lively comedy and sparkling debate, Major Barbara is one of Shaw's most forward-looking plays, brilliantly testing the tensions between religion, wealth and power, benevolence and equality, and metaphors and realities of war.
"Here is theatre at its theatrical best." - New York Daily News

"Certainly one of Shaw's brightest, slyest, most provocatively outrageous and most timeless comedies."-New York Post



9m, 7f

Bernard  Shaw

Bernard Shaw

Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin, the son of a civil servant. His education was irregular, due to his dislike of any organized training. After working in an estate agent's office for a while he moved to London as a young man (1876), where he established himself as a leading music and theatre critic in the eighties and nineties and became a prominent member of the Fabian Society, for ... view full profile

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