Major Barbara BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • Opening Night:
    July 12, 2001
    Closing:
    September 16, 2001

    Theater: American Airlines / 227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Cherry Jones stars in the Roundabout Theatre’s revival of Major Barbara, George Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy. "What is the true nature of good and evil?" That is the issue confronting Major Barbara Undershaft, a member of the Salvation Army. When her father, a munitions factory owner gives money to her cause, she questions it’s value since it’s creation is the opposite of everything she believes in. Daniel Sullivan directs.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Major Barbara

    Shavian Artillery Levels Hypocrisy

    Bruce Weber

    July 13, 2001: Judging by his résumé Daniel Sullivan doesn't have much interest in musicals. But as a theater director he seems to work with a baton and a tuning fork, as if a script were a score and the cast a chamber orchestra. He's interested in instrumentation. Mr. Sullivan has proven his nuanced ear in recent productions like David Auburn's ''Proof,'' Jon Robin Baitz's ''10 Unknowns'' and Donald Margulies's ''Dinner With Friends,'' ensemble works whose language creates fugues of harmony and discord rather than lyrical solos, and in Eugene O'Neill's ''Moon for the Misbegotten,'' with the howlingly painful aria of James Tyrone at its center. Mr. Sullivan's gift is for locating and sharpening the dramatic pitch of a playwright's work, as a respectful conductor would do for a composer.

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