On Friday, November 4, 2011, I attended Wendy Beckett's new play "A Charity Case" starring two-time Tony Award Nominee Alison Fraser along with Alysia Reiner, and Jill Shackner. This show tells the story of adoption from the child's point of view, both imagined and real.
With emotion, rawness, and hope, Wendy wrote this play from a very interesting viewpoint. Alison, Alysia, and Jill should all be commended for bringing these words to life! They each had their shining moments. Alison's portrayal of "Faith," "Deidre's" adoptive mother, was very powerful. I have seen Alison in many roles, but this is one of the more dramatic roles I've seen her play and I was impressed, inspired, and moved. Her dramatic skills are so good that I forgot I was watching Alison and just saw "Faith."
This was my first introduction to Alysia, who played "Harpie," "Deidre's" birth mother, and Jill who played "Deidre," the 17-year-old daughter. I was very impressed by both actresses! Jill was very convincing as "Deidre," who struggled between her reality and hopeful fantasies of what her birth mother was like. Alysia did a great job of showing the many sides of "Harpie," from a mother who knew she made the right decision to a mother who longed for her daughter.
As I started watching "A Charity Case," I found myself getting more and more engulfed and eventually I was immsered in this story. But the true brilliance of this piece comes in the play's final moments...which you will have to go see to find out!