Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Directed by Dean Bryant. Playhouse Arts Centre. February 25 – March 8, 2015.
Yes, all the hype and the accolades for Verity Hunt-Ballard are justified. She IS Charity Hope Valentine and one almost wishes the show would never be revived again rather than see anyone else try to fill her shoes. She makes Charity a totally credible incurable romantic with an unshakeable belief in love, who can never be truly beaten. It’s this strength to survive, which Charity herself doesn’t realise she has, that keeps her going, keeps her believing, and which we all identify with and makes the character so endearing.