Irish Repertory Theatre
New York, NY
November 15, 1997-January 4, 1998
Directed by TONY WALTON
By GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
The story concerns an idealistic young woman, Barbara Undershaft, who is engaged in helping the poor as a Major in the Salvation Army in London. For many years Barbara and her siblings have been estranged from their father, Andrew Undershaft, who now reappears as a rich and successful munitions maker. Undershaft, the father, gives money to the Salvation Army, which offends Major Barbara, who does not want to be connected to his “tainted” wealth. However, the father argues that poverty is a worse problem than munitions, and claims that he is doing more to help society by giving his workers jobs and a steady income than Major Barbara is doing to help them by giving them bread and soup. This 1905 play was written before society had fully experienced the vast human cost exacted by industrially produced weapons in modern warfare, as would subsequently be the case in World Wars I and II.
Melissa earned a Best Actress Drama League Award nomination for her performance.
Ms. Errico’s voice seems to be as heavenly as it was when she starred in the City Center concert version of ”One Touch of Venus” two seasons ago. – The New York Times
Errico finds the fine line between joyful idealism and wide-eyed innocence. – Curtain Up
Errico invests the title role with a genial vulnerability and a touch of humanity. – Variety