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Women of the Revolution: a highly amusing LLT opener

Lakeside Little Theater opened its 58th season on Friday, September 30, with “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson.

pg13Some readers may recall LLT’s stellar production last season of Gunderson’s “Silent Sky.” Similarly, “The Revolutionists” presents women of historical significance, their accomplishments and their struggles, in a captivating and entertaining manner. This time, our topic is the French Revolution, with three characters based on actual women of the time, and one based on a composite of real women.  The play is directed by Russell Mack.

First, we meet playwright Olympe de Gouges (Lynn Gutstadt) as she struggles to write about the Revolution and the women in it.  She is joined first by Marianne Angelle (Louise Ritchie), a Haitian anti-slavery activist who urges her to put aside her play and write pamphlets for the cause. Next, we meet would-be “brave assassin” Charlotte Corday (Kathleen Morris), and finally the queen herself, Marie Antoinette (Patteye Simpson).

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