An assassin, a revolutionary, and a queen walk into a bar… sorry, make that a playwright’s house during the French Revolution. With deadly clashes raging outside, the sparks soon begin to fly as the similar-minded women begin competing for each other’s time and attention. Lauren Gunderson’s funny comedy starts off a little rocky—she really, REALLY wants to remind you that you’re watching a play about a playwright—but ultimately there’s real heart, especially in the interactions between bewigged, ditzy Marie Antoinette (Steph Rodger) and the fictional Marianne Angelle (Angelique Dina), created to represent the struggles of women suffering under French colonization. (Angelle is trying to eliminate slavery in St. Domingue, just a few years before it became the independent nation of Haiti in 1803, making Epic Theatre Company’s production especially timely with that part of the world in the news again.) The ensemble works well together, including Joanne Fayan as playwright Olympe de Gouges and Betsy Rinaldi as real-life assassin Charlotte Corday.
[photo: Dave Cantelli]