BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS at Gulfshore Playhouse is Refreshing and Resilient!
THE REVOLUTIONISTS at Gulfshore Playhouse tells the story of Olympe de Gouges, a woman playwright during the French Revolution, along with three other strong women living in France during the Reign of Terror: Marie Antoinette,Charlotte Corday, and Marianne Angelle.
Shannon Marie Sullivan plays Olympe, and she was fantastic. She emanated a fierce determination to inspire women to rise up and fight for what they believe, even if it’s sometimes terrifying. Olympe goes through an emotional journey in this show as she works to leave her mark on history, and Sullivan executed this perfectly.
Marina Shay plays Marie Antoinette, and I thoroughly enjoyed the contrast between her more humorous and extravagant moments and the serious, smart, profound things she would say. Her character was rather heartbreaking while also being hilarious, and I was thoroughly captivated by her performance.
Dria Brown plays Marianne Angelle, a spy fighting for equality based on all the women who rebelled during the Haitian Revolution, and Angela Janas playsCharlotte Corday, a young assassin determined to show the world that she was not afraid to die for her mission. Their blunt passion for their causes was so evident, and their strength was admirable. I commend Brown and Janas for bringing this inspiring resilience to life.