Vive ‘The Revolutionists’ and badass women at Gulfshore Playhouse

I may have discovered my favorite new play.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to see “The Revolutionists” at Gulfshore Playhouse, but I wasn’t expecting to fall in love.

Now I understand why American Theatre magazine reported that Lauren Gunderson was the most-produced playwright in the U.S. for the 2017-2018 season. (With 27 productions, she had almost twice as many than anyone else listed.)

Her work is slyly clever, bracingly innovative and totally unexpected.

Set in Paris, France, during the Reign of Terror in 1793, the play opens with the rumble of a crowd and the sound of a guillotine’s blade falling.

And then we meet Olympe de Gouges (Shannon Marie Sullivan), who declares, “Well, that’s not a way to start a comedy.

“With an execution? Warm us up a little first.”

Nancy Stetson
Florida Weekly

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