ANTHONY E. GALLO 2025446973 email@example.com
Eighty years ago, Charleston matron Charlotte Butler made a decision that
changed the world. Tonight she faces that decision in her home and under
the stars in St. Philips Cemetery.
This two-act mystery-comedy takes place on Logan Street in the heart of the renowned Charleston Historic district. Charlotte Butler, raises thousands of flowers to the hum of classical music, cultivates birds, plays championship bridge, ballroom dances daily, sometimes cleans her own house, and spars with both her parrot Jacob and flighty neighbor Ginny(Gin) Middleton. Gin's latest flame is the distinguished former New Hampshire Senator Mark Smythe, now a Logan Street resident, who appears to have a curious interest in Charlotte. When Gin has to cancel one of their dates because of an emergency in Savannah, Mark slips in and visits Charlotte. We then learn that the visit is more than a mere curiosity, as we find out that these two bizarre people have much in common. She makes him accompany her to St Philips' Cemetery at night where they encounter someone she does not want to see.
Running Time: 68 minutes
Charlotte Butler, mid nineties, energetic
Mark Smythe, Nearly eighty
Virginia "Gin" Middleton, fifties
Jim Haywood, mid nineties
Mr. Blue Jay
Jacob, a parrot
GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW
Touching, Yet Mysterious GREENBELT ARTS CENTER’s Charleston Revisited
August 12, 2010
by Carol Griffith
GAC’s Charleston Revisited “Charleston Revisited,” now playing at the Greenbelt Arts Center (GAC), is a very intriguing play – sweet, touching, mysterious and spiritual. It will have one pondering its meaning long after the show is over.
Set, as the name suggests, in contemporary Charleston, S.C., the two-act play revolves around Charlotte Butler, a 95-year-old matron and pillar of the community. She leads a quiet life amid her birds and flowers, except for visits by her neighbor Gin. Gin is dating a famous senator who expresses a great desire to meet Charlotte. One night Gin must break a date with him and he appears at Charlotte’s door. So begins a tautly written game of cat-and-mouse, which builds strongly to a surprising conclusion. The intertwining themes of forgiveness, redemption and family add a touching dimension to the play. Adding a bit of humor and some narration are three of Charlotte’s “birds,” which adds a nice touch to the show.
The show is a guest production by Seventh Street Playhouse. Anthony Gallo is the talented playwright and director of “Charleston Revisited.” He has written over 50 plays, 10 of which have been published. The troupe consists of impressive actors and they are excellent in their roles. Actress and co-director Ericka Drezek is known to GAC audiences as a very talented performer. The
set is minimalist and slightly distracting at times but doesn’t detract from the quality of the play. Overall, “Charleston Revisited” is a great show.
“Charleston Revisited” will play on the Friday and Saturday evenings of August 13 and 14 and on Sunday, August 15 at 2 p.m. Reservations may be made
through the box office at 301-441-8770 or at the Arts Center at 123 Centerway, located beneath the Co-op supermarket.