Charity present the story of a lovable dance hall hostess who
wants to be loved. The story of Charity is, indeed, a
search; a quest; an odyssey of a person who want (and needs) to
Searching for 'Mr. Right',
however, we discover Charity Hope Valentine (what's in a name?)
being constantly deluded and trapped by the people she meets, and
her questionable environment. She personifies a character of
complete, unsuspecting innocence surranded by a world of decadence
(Fan-Dango), narcissism (Charlie), elitism (Vittorio), and
uncompromising social attitudes (Oscar).
We have conceptualized our production of
Sweet Charity as sort of a 'cartoon', as many of the characters
are, indeed, unreal: comic strips, for that's the world in which
Charity lives. However, as unrealistic as a Charity Hope
Valentine is for us to imagine, especially today, the question
posed is real: Is there an accepted place for innocence and
genuine sweetness in our society today?
Charity seems vulnerable because of her
inherent purity, but does provide an answer. Charity Hope
Valentine remains .... hopefully.....ever after.