On the other side of the ledger sheet, Dad Andrew might have money and power and social respectability, but that doesn't change the fact that there's two things missing from his rags to riches story: any sort of heir to the Undershaft empire, and any sort of relationship with his children.
She has rejected her wealthy family's lifestyle to save souls as a major in the Salvation Army, where she lives on a pound a week, and has fallen in love with Adolfus (Nicholas Pelczar), an impoverished Greek professor from Australia who's so nuts about her, he pretends to care about saving souls and joins the Army.
Undershaft is a big personality, with a habit of spewing out his opinions about everything and in the long and honourable tradition of rich guys everywhere, thinks that because he's got all the dough, his opinions win.
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In the end, the family gathers at the missile factory (well designed by Daniel Ostling), where Barbara discovers more, better fed, fully employed souls to be saved, and a light goes off in her head.
Director Dennis Garnhum has dusted off a talky, thinky turn of the 20th century drama and like some kind of theatrical Property Brother who transforms a turn of the century fixer upper into a 21st century thing of beauty made George Bernard Shaw, of all people, feel new again.
Cannell, as the aristocratic Lady Britomart, is wonderful she is the only straight line in a family full of wavy ones, and she long ago made peace with that realization and tries to work around it, often to terrific comic results.
From the moment he walks back into the lives of his estranged children, Gibson brings Shaw's ideas to life in the form of a character who's equal parts infuriating, beguiling, self effacing and ultimately to the surprise of even his own family irresistible.
Stephen, but he is so inconsequential that Andrew doesn't even recognize him, let alone make him the heir apparent.
Pelczar, as Dolly, has probably the most curious part of them all a kind of uber beta male (an Aussie!) who stands to get the girl but Pelczar has charm and an odd sort of chemistry with poppa bear Andrew.
It doesn't hurt that this cast, a hybrid of Calgary based actors (and Gibson, a Theatre Calgary regular who divides his time between Vancouver and London) and various members of the American Conservatory Theater based out of San Francisco, find the melody in Shaw's sentences more often than not.
What makes Barbara a major pleasure is that director Dennis Garnhum has a superb Undershaft in Gibson.
Even more challenging for the family is the fact that not only is their fabulously wealthy and wholly emotionally absent father Andrew (Dean Paul Gibson) a weapons manufacturer who got rich dealing in death and destruction, but he's also kind of a charmer.
Chappell) announces one night that Andrew is dropping by for the first time in a couple of decades to straighten out the family's less than optimal economy of scale.
Britomart might come from the right side of the tracks, but all she really brings to the table is her imperious manner and a fierce determination that her children be taken care of by Andrew, despite the fact that she feels he earns his living immorally.
Perry and Tyrell Crews are both terrific as a pair of posh young men with no clue, particularly Crews' Charlie Lomax, who is the anti Shaw, breaking down everyone's windy sentiments into easily digestible, frequently hilarious sound bites.
Barbara makes major splash at Theatre Calgary
It's all talk, all ideas think theatre delivered in gusty blasts of Shavian oratory that wheezes from time to time, but in fact feels relevant to these times and our lives.
That's who Stephen (Stafford Perry), Sarah (Elyse Price) and particularly Barbara (Gretchen Hall) must try to resist when their aristocratic (and broke) mother Britomart (Kandis Human Race Nmd Resell
Undershaft is an oligarch who thinks he can buy off the do gooders at the Sally Ann (he can). Adidas High Tops Red Mens He thinks people like him sneeze, and the 670 idiots who serve in the House of Commons come running with a box of tissues (they do). He won't be lectured to about poverty and misery, because he lived through it and knows far more about what it means to be poor and miserable than Barbara or Britomart or any of the idly compassionate young men in his extended family could ever have a clue about.
That's the dilemma that faces the Undershaft family in Major Barbara, Theatre Calgary's stellar co production (along with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre) of George Bernard Shaw's engaging but undeniably talky drama that opened Friday at the Max Bell Theatre.
Hall has a tricky task, trying to communicate what makes Barbara tick without coming across as overly pious or self righteous, and she locates just the right combination of moral clarity and genuine emotion to make Barbara feel real.
What if what's wrong for everyone else is right for you and your family?
The real connecting thread is with daughter Barbara, a righteous fire pistol who disapproves of everything Andrew stands for.
never seen a play by George Bernard Shaw before, but I can imagine that put in the hands of the wrong actor, Andrew Undershaft would be just about unbearable to sit through a night with.
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