The Theater: Apostle of Life

MAJOR BARBARA by GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

The American Shakespeare Festival Theater at Stratford, Conn., is more renowned for the picnics on its lawns than the productions on its stage. Ironically, its Shakespeare productions are a persistent embarrassment, but its Shaw revivals are often delightful. The company's current presentation of Major Barbara is done with style, professionalism and infectious high spirits.

It helps that this is one of Shaw's finer plays. While Barbara Undershaft (Jane Alexander), who does the Christian God's goodly work among the poor, owns the play's title, it is her munitions tycoon of a father, Andrew (Lee Richardson),...

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