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Major Barbara (Helluva Theatre Company)

Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing
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Members
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Helluva Theatre Company and Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble present Bernard Shaw's comic masterwork in a production that tries to put the fun in dysfunction.

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Helluva Theatre Company's inaugural production seeks to challenge our assumptions about right and wrong, religion and money, class and privilege, morality and religion, the welfare state, and war and peace. On the heels of a bruising election cycle, when we've been presented with the truth as false and the false as true, this comedy about fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, ex-wives and estranged husbands, may be a more potent cocktail than ever.

 


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Atticus Review

"Helluva Theatre Company - newly formed under the mission to produce plays from the traditional canon that aren't often seen - has ambitiously chosen George Bernard Shaw's 'Major Barbara' as its inaugural production. The dialogue-heavy, two-and-a-half-hour play set in 1906 was resurrected by Helluva Theatre in part for its parallels to our current societal conversation concerning the relationship between wealth and power (and the complex dilemmas of morality therein)." Full Review

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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy classic, thought provoking theater. Great acting taking an old play and made relevant to today's times.

Don't see it if Can't sit through a 3 hour show. Want more action and less discussion.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you're up for a sharply performed, lively and compelling evening of Shaw that succeeds in going beyond epigram, argument or lecture

Don't see it if you can't sit through a 3 hour drama, no matter how fast-paced, or if you don't like Discussion plays, no matter how conversational & funny.

Also Physical production values are pretty thin, understandable being the i... Read more Read less

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Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Are a Shaw fan. Enjoy a very well acted play in an intimate venue.

Don't see it if Do not like revivals or very long plays and do not have a long attention span.

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Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Major Barbara has surprising parallels to today. Great acting and innovative staging breathe new life in this Shaw that you read in H.S

Don't see it if You have horrible memories of required H.S. reading lists.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You enjoy classic theater, more dialogue than action, relevant story w/parallels to modern times, clever use of small space

Don't see it if you dont like revivals, long plays, low budget productions, simple sets.