Caroline, or Change

‘The battleground here is profoundly personal, as each character seeks their own deepest integrity.’

Sharon D Clarke as Caroline. | Photo: Helen Maybanks/Playhouse Theatre.

The first thing to reach you is Sharon D Clarke’s voice. In a slow moving first number her rich, emotion-laced singing keeps you watching. She plays Caroline, a domestic worker in 1963 Louisiana, the year John F Kennedy is shot. Working in a hot, stuffy basement for a liberal white Jewish family, Caroline feels trapped by circumstance. Her eldest boy is fighting in Vietnam, her husband has left, and she is struggling to support her three younger children on $30 a week.

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