Never has the Revolutionary War been so entertaining. Shaw stands "do or die" melodrama on its head, with a cast of unforgettable characters, from the deliciously urbane "Gentlemanly Johnny" Burgoyne, to the misguided romanticism of beautiful young Judith Anderson, to the Devil's Disciple himself, a dashing young American hero who disdains heroism, even as he makes the ultimate sacrifice for honor and country.More
In the early days of the American Revolution Dick Dudgeon, played with easy wit and sly charm by Derek Smith, returns home to New Hampshire to find his family quarreling over his father's fortune and leaning towards supporting the British in the war. The Devil's Disciple declares himself a patriot and then finds that may mean making a great sacrifice much to the surprise of the minister's wife, played with sweetness and verve by Lisa Pelikan. Brimming with Shaw's lyrical and insightful dialogue and augmented with the sounds of peeling church bells, fife and drums and an anticipatory crowd waiting to see a hanging the play rushes to a rousing conclusion much to the distaste of the sharp-tongued British general played by a wonderfully droll Richard Dreyfuss. Classic theater at its best.
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