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Caroline, or Change
“There are moments in the history of theatre when stagecraft takes a new turn. I like to think that this happened for the American musical last week, when Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change (at the Public), a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori and the director George C. Wolfe, bushwhacked a path beyond the narrative end of the deconstructed, overfreighted musicals ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Theatre Communications Group
(first published January 1st 2004)
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This is the first Kushner I've read, and I was a little disappointed. As I'm sure (and my housemates have reassured me) this is probably in large part due to the fact that I am reading a musical. A show is completely and utterly different when you take it from the page and onto the stage: even more so when it is a musical which relies upon music so heavily. I really enjoyed the idea of the play, the issues it highlights and explores, and the arc of the story. I absolutely loved the Channukah sce ...more
I'm not generally a fan of musicals, but Caroline, or Change is the very moving tale of an African-American woman struggling to provide for her family (by cleaning house for a white family) at the height of the civil rights movement. Kushner has a great facility for complicating matters that society tends to treat as (pardon the pun) black-and-white.
Can't remember how I heard about this book (from another book), but it was quite DELIGHTFUL to read!! It read like a song...and would LOVE to see the play (musical?!). Each character was pretty sad in their own way, but the writing was so singsong and cheerful you kind of forget!!
Tony Kushner is an award-winning American playwright most famous for his play Angels in America, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He is also co-author, along with Eric Roth, of the screenplay of the 2005 film Munich, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and earned Kushner (along with Roth) an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.More about Tony Kushner...