By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater
Kathleen Cahill’s Charm is a contradiction unto itself – a comedy with serious undertones, a history that keeps morphing into fantasy, a 19th-century story that leaps forward into the 21st.
Cahill’s heroine, Margaret Fuller, may have been one of the most formidable figures among a whole bunch of formidable types known as the Transcendentalists. But in Cahill’s hands – and in the exhilarating performance of actress Katherine Michelle Tanner – Orlando Shakespeare Theater shows Margaret Fuller forging new meanings for a simple word like charm.