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  • Donna Gordon:
    5 Mar. 2019
    This story was done with such grace and dignity - qualities Emily Bronte possessed. I love the novel "Jane Eyre" and this back story of her time spent in Belgium. The romance has a sad ending but during its development so much is said about beauty - in gardens, which Emily loved, and French lessons which Emily found challenging. The point of view makes this play exciting. This is not the standard tale about Emily and her family, but a story about Emily alone in a foreign country. A great addition to Emily's legacy.
  • Emily Hageman:
    29 Jun. 2018
    It is no wonder that this play has won so many awards. It is a sweeping romance full of gentle lyricism, beautifully rounded characters, fascinating structure, and tremendous heart. O'Grady is unflinching, but loving as she paints a picture of the eccentric Charlotte in all of her courage and brilliance and fear and foolishness. The character of Heger is absolutely lovable. This could be seen on stage, but I could also easily see this as a movie! It's stunningly romantic and tenderly subtle. What a wonderful play, especially beautiful for women. Highly recommended.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    27 May. 2018
    A playwright with tremendous emotional range and structural capacity, O'Grady tackles the monumental Brontë sisters. This play's a wonder — Exquisitely researched, architecturally rendered, yet with this organic substrate —— this loudly beating heart that quickens throughout the compelling story. The play's well-recognized, with numerous accolades and awards — But this play should be produced. O'Grady brings this 19th century family into the present in a stunning piece of writing. Brava!
  • Susan Cinoman:
    25 May. 2018
    I had the pleasure of reading "Charlotte's Letters" and was completely captivated by its elegiac language and haunting themes. Clearly written by a poet, O'Grady creates a window into the imagined lives of both Charlotte and Emily Bronte, their devoted relationship, and the appearance of a professor, who falls secretly and slowly in love with one of them. The fabric of the Victorian world unravels, while the playwright switches back and forth between the lives and loves of the sisters, and the troubled biographer who wants to remain true to the Bronte legacy. O'Grady keeps the audience beautifully enthralled.
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    11 May. 2018
    Well-deserving of all its awards, this is a thrilling dramatic piece that I read with such hope for the characters! And it is so wonderful to have Charlotte and Emily on stage with all the difficulties of their lives in such an imaginative story that makes Rochester and Jane Eyre live again, and the maid Justine - O'Grady is more than a sly historian, she is a mischief-maker!

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