The Armory

Major Barbara

April 14 – May 13, 2018

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

How do you lift up a society? Shaw’s deliciously witty and timely classic tackles this question with unexpected results. Barbara has dedicated her life to serving the poor and clashes with her father who amassed his fortune selling weapons for war. As Shaw explores notions of right versus wrong, left versus right, and everything in between, you’ll find yourself laughing while questioning your own beliefs. “One of Shaw's brightest, slyest, most provocatively outrageous and most timeless comedies." –New York Post  

Who’s Who:
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Run Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.

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Recommended for ages 12 and up. The actors in this production will be using tobacco-free herbal cigarettes. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory.

Major Barbara

Previews are Apr. 14-19 | Opening night Apr. 20
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Chris Coleman

Specialty Cocktails for "Major Barbara" and "And So We Walked"

From Pimm's to an earl grey simple, Bar Supervisor (and resident mixologist) Melissa Larrabee introduces the delicious specialty cocktails inspired by Major Barbara and And So We Walked.

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George Bernard Shaw and Portland Center Stage: Shared Good Fortune

As we prepare to open our production of Major Barbara, an unplanned but serendipitous pattern around the great man’s work has become apparent: We seem to mark major transitions at Portland Center Stage at The Armory with the works of George Bernard Shaw.

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Shaw and Film

George Bernard Shaw loved film, but hated his own his work on screen. Until Gabriel Pascal came along and made film adaptations of Pygmalion and, later, Major Barbara. 

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Seven Brilliant Quotes by Shaw

"Youth is wasted on the young." Seven quotes by George Bernard Shaw, known for his witty insights into the human condition.

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"My Fair Lady" Sing-along

Sing along to the 1964 classic My Fair Lady based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Monday, May 7, 7 p.m. Free!

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The World of the "Major Barbara"

Explore the world of George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara

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Keep Calm and Quarrel On: "Major Barbara’s" Great Debaters

Benjamin Fainstein, Literary Manager at The Armory, discusses George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara as a forum for debate.

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The Costumes of "Major Barbara"

A behind the scenes look at the costumes for Major Barbara designed by Lex Liang.

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"Major Barbara" Cast and Creative Team

Meet the incredible cast and creative team behind George Bernard Shaw's witty and timely classic, Major Barbara

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Happy Hour: Creative Solutions to the Housing Crisis

Join us for a happy hour discussing creative solutions to the housing crisis in Portland.  April 29, 1-2 p.m.

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Happy Hour with City Club + Central City Concern

Join Central City Concern and City Club of Portland for a Happy Hour, Sunday April 15 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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Talkin' Shaw Class

Join Literary Manager Benjamin Fainstein for a lively group discussion about George Bernard Shaw and Major Barbara. Wednesday, May 2nd 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Chris Coleman talks "Major Barbara" with Artslandia

Watch Chris Coleman talk about George Bernard Shaw's masterpiece Major Barbara — his final show at The Armory.

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Siren Improv Giants at The Armory

Join The Siren Theater's favorite improvisers for a one-night only send up of The Armory's upcoming production of Major Barbara. Sunday, April 29 7:30 p.m. $10. 

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