We saw David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette last night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. It was inspiring of awe and emulation. It reminded us, as per the director’s dictum, that “theater is about re-invention.” And this theater last night was about Revolution; a gruesome, successful and influential revolution. As last week’s Awake and Sing was about the dream of a different revolution, that failed to take hold in Jacob Berger’s lifetime, or the lifetime of his progeny. How different an evening of theater did we just experience, between the 1935 breakthrough classic by Odets, and this searing new play and production over at Woolly? I’m so eager to read of others’ experience of walking into Woolly for the first time; of experiencing the in-your-face audacity that was that immersive production’s quality… does it make you think of theater differently, to experience a history play that viscerally?
I’ll have more to share. This is just to get us started. Marie Antoinette and what it did to you: Go!