This production helps us to see that many of the same challenges exist today as then, but packaged slightly differently. The conventions of who should and shouldn’t succeed; the conventions of who should and shouldn’t love whom; the conventions of succeeding, not because of what you know, but who you know.
Much of this is achieved by the deliberate directorial choice of including gender-fluid actors among the cast. It’s a choice that will be a challenge to some regular users of the social media with the Blue Bird!
With that in mind a special mention needs to go to Allie Daniel (She/Her) who was arguably the star of the show. She brings her whole being to the role of Rosemary Pilkington, the love interest of Finch, played with a commanding calmness by Gabrielle Friedman (She/They). Allie’s comic timing is impeccable and, combined with her subtle but effective facial expressions and easy voice, make for a great stage presence. Many of the ‘laugh out loud’ moments (and there are plenty) belong to Allie.