Last Friday night, I went to Taproot Theatre in Greenwood to watch Enchanted April.
Taproot has created a mini-European vacation for the simple price of admission.
Enchanted April is based on the 1922 book by Elizabeth von Arnim. It is the story of two women (and their two traveling companions) who escape their war-torn, rain-soaked dreary English lives for a month of sunshine in Italy. As the four women begin to blossom under the warm Mediterranean sun, their souls, too, begin to flourish.
This is truly an incredible cast. No cast member outshines the others (or lags behind) – they are all simply fantastic. Transporting us to the early 1920’s, they let us see the inner lives of people devastated by war and loss. As they enjoy the sunshine of Southern Italy, a freedom of expression comes over the group, and each person discovers a new focus and zest for life. The audience roars with laughter throughout the play, and we are each left a little richer, perhaps refocused, having had a mini-vacation from the struggles we are living in today.
One thing that is particularly impressive about this play is the set design – it is a step above Taproot’s usual sparse design, with a complete revision at intermission.
Pay-what-you-can night is September 30. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 206-781-9707 or at the theatre’s website.