“Violet” review: The Pitch

It’s 1964 when a young woman sets off on a long road trip — a pilgrimage, she calls it. We go along as the play named for its title character recounts that journey. As travel often teaches us, the excursion is at least as important as the destination. Spinning Tree Theatre’s Violet bears that out — it’s a trip well worth taking, for its heroine and for us.

Based on Doris Betts’ story “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” Violet was first staged off-Broadway in 1997. The musical, by Brian Crawley (lyrics and book) and Jeanine Tesori (music, a mix of country, blues and gospel), debuted on Broadway just this year. Spinning Tree founders Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst together directed and choreographed this local rendition, and their expertise is evident in the show’s production values and outstanding cast.

-Deborah Hirsch, The Pitch

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