Caroline, or Change

A couple of my friends have season tickets to the Arden. They had tickets to see Caroline, or Change tonight, and luckily for me, one of them couldn’t go. I got called in as a last minute replacement, and I feel so fortune that that was the case, as it was best theater experience I’ve had since I saw The Syringa Tree there during the 2004/2005 season.

It is a musical by Tony Kushner, who wrote Angels in America. It is set in 1963 and is about the dynamics between Caroline, an African-American maid who works for a Jewish family in Louisiana. It deals with oppression and communication between races. I found the whole thing to be riveting, but particularly a scene towards the end where Caroline has walked out of her job and is battling with her emotions and the reality of her life. It is a powerful scene, performed by an amazing actress and singer. She is the only character on stage and the feelings of torture and frustration she conveyed were so real that I wanted to weep. When she was finished, I quietly released a very small “wow” as I needed to verbally express my own reaction to it.

They’ve just extended the run for another week (through April 15th), and if you have the budget and time to check this one out, I would HIGHLY encourage you to do so.

2 Comments so far

  1. M Richardson (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    Where is it going after Philly?

  2. Marisa (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

    I don’t think that this particular production is going anyway, this one belongs to the Arden, it isn’t a touring show.

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