Grrrl talk in Naples: Women take on the French Revolution at Gulfshore Playhouse

Essence makes a much more delicious dish than authenticity where history is concerned.

Playwrights understand that. Witness musicals like “1776” and “Hamilton,” and dramas like “The Lion in Winter,” where contemporary language and situational tweaks re-spool history to embed it with our current culture.

“The Revolutionists,” the Gulfshore Playhouse production opening Saturday, even addresses it in a line from one of the principals, playwright Olympe de Gouges: “A story is more alive than a fact.”

This play rummages around the abundant drawerful of historical events and unearths the French Revolution, through the eyes of four women ineluctably entangled in it.

Harriet Howard Heithaus,
Naples Daily News

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