Hickory – The girl-powered comedy The Revolutionists, by Lauren Gunderson, continues performances this weekend in the Firemen’s Kitchen at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances are Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets are available online at hickorytheatre.org or by calling 828-328-2283.
Gunderson sets her play in Paris in 1793 during the Reign of Terror that followed the French Revolution, but she makes it wonderfully clear that this is dress-up. Part of the fun of her script is that the dialogue is hilariously contemporary, and adult. So are the attitudes, hopes and fears of the four women characters, all of whom are based on real women from the period. They are the early feminist political writer and playwright Olympe de Gouges; Charlotte Corday, who assassinated the bloodthirsty journalist Jean-Paul Marat; Marie Antoinette, the doomed former queen; and Marianne Angelle, a composite of the abolitionists who fought successfully to end slavery in the French colonies of the New World.
Performances of The Revolutionists are Thursdays (Nov 7 & 14) at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays (Nov 8, 9, 15 & 16) at 8:00pm, and Sundays (Nov 10 & 17) at 2:30pm. Thursday night tickets are $14 for all adults and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 for students and youth 18 & under.
The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The Revolutionists is produced by Dr. George Clay, III, DDS and Robert Abbey, Inc. A Cleaner World, Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress are the sponsors of the 2019-2020 Season.
PHOTO: Elisabeth Bokhoven (left) as Olympe de Gouges and Christy Rhianna Branch as Charlotte Corday in The Revolutionists in the Firemen’s Kitchen. Performances run November 7-17 in the Firemen’s Kitchen. For tickets call 828-328-2283 or click hickorytheatre.org. Photo by Ken Burns.