PLAYBILL PICKS: Timeless Love Affairs on Stage

By Robert Simonson
13 Feb 2014



Quentin Earl Darrington and Cast
Photo by Joan Marcus

Ragtime

The reunion of Coalhouse Walker Jr. and Sarah, after she gives birth to their son, should have led to a happily-ever-after for the two lovers. Determined to build a better world for their son, the duo are filled with hopes for the future, beautifully expressed in the duet "The Wheels of a Dream," until Sarah's life is tragically taken and Coalhouse swears to avenge her death. But the socially progressive musical, setting a tumultuous historical story to a melodic score, ended with hope for the better future that Coalhouse and Sarah dreamed of.

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