Theater: On the Road to Secular Salvation

Two views of power, Shaw's and Ibsen's, in Ontario

The lust for power is the unifying theme of the two plays that opened Canada's annual Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, last week—but not power for its own sake. The central figures in both works, one by George Bernard Shaw and the other by Henrik Ibsen, are secular Salvationists who dream of bettering mankind's lot. One thrives; the other is doomed.

MAJOR BARBARA by Bernard Shaw

Shaw was a born preacher who loved to toss firecrackers of paradox into the pews of respectability.

On the firing...

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