CAROLINE OR CHANGE Review by Celia Ipiotis

Nasia Thomas, Harper Miles, Nya, Arica Jackson, Sharon D. Clarke. Photo by Joan Marcus.


In this realistic musical written by Tony Kushner (author of Angels in America) with music by the amply talented Jeanine Tesori Caroline or Change's, dark humor somersaults over whimsical events that turn the radio, washer, dryer, bus and moon into living, singing, dancing people.

Astutely directed by Michael Longhurst, the musical plays against a backdrop of women finding their voices, earning degrees and busting into professional careers generally claimed by men. While politicians aim for the moon, the country reels in horror after the assassination of Kennedy and watches as Martin Luther King tries to heal the nation. But all this radiates as mere headlines behind Caroline's dilemma.
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