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Living it up with Major Barbara

Updated on December 26, 2010

Major Barbara

It was in the winter season that I took the girl of my dreams to see "Major Barbara", an art production, held in a quaint little theatre in OldTown, in the city of Chicago.

It was on a week night; however, the theatre was filled to its capacity mostly with college students who were taking Drama as their discipline.

The audience behaved cordially and watched the performance with outstanding interest.

This play was truly a masterpiece, a true magnificence.

This was Bernard Shaw at his very best, and to him I say, Well done!

The cast of characters was beautifully chosen; the arrangement was superb.

Individual excellence goes to Lady Britomart, who with her fine combination of expressions and voice pitch, so appropriately acted, that little by little, drew the audience into the play.

So now here we are in the play, all embraced in this masterpiece which at moments, even the seats themselves cautioned the audience to keep silence.

The play had now become a functioning society – morality was the issue, the very backbone of the script, the lifeline and good and bad were participating tremendously.

But these extremities were some what calmed by Adolphus, he being in the middle of a morality struggle and giving whatever direction that seemed most favorable. Lomax was very sarcastic and served as a comic. Undershaft was the real philosopher, a genius. Notice the way in which he enhanced his co-operation. His workers admired him and gave him true respect.

I applaud the actors as they made certain that Poverty and wealth were in direct contrast showing that even though you may have a good script, you need good actors to complete any production.

These actors showed vividness and direct appeal.

Stephen portrayed a young man who had not been allowed the “direct rays of life” because of his mother’s possessiveness and her inclination to satiate her own desires.

Again we see Undershaft, so “omnipotent”, a mastermind.

His experience offered him the un-denying ability to persuade convincingly, a gift to which he has devoted a lifespan to bring about efficiency and increasing conviction.

Then again we see Adolphus, his ignorance, yet his seemingly adequate ability to play upon word.

His presence gave the play extremity and also reduced and sort of provided an intermediate “area” between extremities.

His act may have some what been a dramatic irony. Notice his ability to change his personality and character to the suiting that would be more beneficial to his later developments.

In the end, morality, as Undershaft conceptualizes it, is actually a matter of gunpowder, blood and money.

I believe the play is an emblem in any society, whether in 1770 or 2070.

We had an enjoyable evening.

Which of these characters reminds you of Obama?


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