Rosemary Harris shines in her portrayal of Miss Helen, flawlessly memorizing her extensive and complex monologues - expertly portraying the elderly woman. Mr. Fugard wraps Ms. Helen with layers of complexity which are revealed one by one by the supremely talented Harris. Carla Gugino plays an equally refreshing, young English South African muse and confidant to Miss Helen, Elsa Barlow. Jim Dale turns in a wonderful performance as the equally aging and staunch Afrikaner minister and de facto leader of the remote, traditional, conservative community largely unchanged over time by the outside world.
Brevity is clearly not a characteristic of Mr. Fugard. His verbosity is at times a bit overwhelming, but it's always intelligent, insightful, and relevant to the deep and layered characters he has created. And what a treat it is to see Ms. Harris light the theatre with her charm (and candles).