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Firebrand's Caroline, or Change revels in tension, both racial and domestic

Firebrand’s production features fearless, fantastic singers.

It’s 1963, and it’s sweltering in the basement where Caroline Thibodeaux (Rashada Dawan) spends her days doing laundry—a full load a day from the Gellman family, washed in conditions that mimic the contradiction of Louisiana, underwater and above ground all at once. The darkness and the heat of the basement, the smoke of Caroline’s cigarette, the danger implicit in the iron she wields, and the bass of a singing dryer (Micheal Lovette) contribute to an atmosphere like a cauldron about to boil over.…

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