Director, Actor, and Sometimes Gardener
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The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson

Theatre NOVA
Ann Arbor, MI
Aug. 25 - Sept. 17, 2017
 

 “'The play can’t be about terror and death,' announces the character playwright Olympe de Gouges, scarcely five minutes into the show. Despite the life-and-death subject matter, her play must be a comedy.  Mission accomplished. Laugh-out-loud moments pepper this sassy script, which is leavened with moving moments. Director  David Wolber  has assembled a strong comedic quartet of actresses, led by Melissa Beckwith, whose over-the-top portrayal of Marie Antoinette is superb. 'The Revolutionists' is a good time that will leave you with lots to ponder.  -  EncoreMichigan.com

“'The play can’t be about terror and death,' announces the character playwright Olympe de Gouges, scarcely five minutes into the show. Despite the life-and-death subject matter, her play must be a comedy.  Mission accomplished. Laugh-out-loud moments pepper this sassy script, which is leavened with moving moments. Director David Wolber has assembled a strong comedic quartet of actresses, led by Melissa Beckwith, whose over-the-top portrayal of Marie Antoinette is superb. 'The Revolutionists' is a good time that will leave you with lots to ponder.  - EncoreMichigan.com

 "Theatre Nova's production of Lauren Gunderson’s play is remarkably fresh and relevant today. Director  David Wolber’s  firm guiding hand infuses the production with power and a steady pacing that finds the balance between the uproarious and the devastating; the energy never dips. Theatre Nova’s production admirably finds the equilibrium in the play’s mix of impending tragedy and many “hilarious” quips, fueled by badass women power." - Emily Slomovitz, PULP

"Theatre Nova's production of Lauren Gunderson’s play is remarkably fresh and relevant today. Director David Wolber’s firm guiding hand infuses the production with power and a steady pacing that finds the balance between the uproarious and the devastating; the energy never dips. Theatre Nova’s production admirably finds the equilibrium in the play’s mix of impending tragedy and many “hilarious” quips, fueled by badass women power." -Emily Slomovitz, PULP

 "The question of how (and if) systemically disempowered women can make a substantive difference in the face of widespread oppression and violence is one that comes up repeatedly in “The Revolutionists,” an unconventional play that manages to be both sharply funny and moving, thanks in part to  David Wolber’s  deft direction." - Jenn McKee

"The question of how (and if) systemically disempowered women can make a substantive difference in the face of widespread oppression and violence is one that comes up repeatedly in “The Revolutionists,” an unconventional play that manages to be both sharply funny and moving, thanks in part to David Wolber’s deft direction." -Jenn McKee

 "Director  David Wolber  has stacked the deck with a to-die-for cast, and he wisely let’s them run like hell with their roles, shaping and pacing the narrative for maximum funny and maximum heartache. The challenges facing these women in 1793 aren’t terribly different from those facing women in 2017, and that’s a damn shame. The language is purposefully anachronistic, and  Wolber’s  staging – coupled with the dreamlike design of Daniel C. Walker (lighting), Carla Milarch (sound), and Forrest Hejkal (set, costumes, props, hair) – smartly positions the play as an allegorical comic nightmare, cautioning us that history sure as hell repeats itself." -Roy Sexton

"Director David Wolber has stacked the deck with a to-die-for cast, and he wisely let’s them run like hell with their roles, shaping and pacing the narrative for maximum funny and maximum heartache. The challenges facing these women in 1793 aren’t terribly different from those facing women in 2017, and that’s a damn shame. The language is purposefully anachronistic, and Wolber’s staging – coupled with the dreamlike design of Daniel C. Walker (lighting), Carla Milarch (sound), and Forrest Hejkal (set, costumes, props, hair) – smartly positions the play as an allegorical comic nightmare, cautioning us that history sure as hell repeats itself." -Roy Sexton

 "The play is ambitious, cerebral, hilarious and serious, boisterous, intriguing, entertaining, and, ultimately, extremely satisfying... Theatre Nova’s fine production begins with its exceptional cast. Hill, Edmonds, Rose, and Beckwith are great alone, even better together. Director  David Wolber  keeps his cast moving, even during the parts where plot takes a backseat to dialogue. 'The Revolutionists' is a very funny and cleverly written play that deserves to be seen." - Daniel Skora, It's All Theatre    

"The play is ambitious, cerebral, hilarious and serious, boisterous, intriguing, entertaining, and, ultimately, extremely satisfying... Theatre Nova’s fine production begins with its exceptional cast. Hill, Edmonds, Rose, and Beckwith are great alone, even better together. Director David Wolber keeps his cast moving, even during the parts where plot takes a backseat to dialogue. 'The Revolutionists' is a very funny and cleverly written play that deserves to be seen." -Daniel Skora, It's All Theatre

 

 "Holy shit, can I say that in a review? The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson is just beyond words fantastic! This is something beyond an initial joy but more of a rousing cheer of pure unadulterated bliss. But it is so much more than a comedy and for once the layers of comedy match the poignant and sorrowful drama that creeps up throughout the 2 hour long performance." -  Detroit Laughs Louder

"Holy shit, can I say that in a review? The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson is just beyond words fantastic! This is something beyond an initial joy but more of a rousing cheer of pure unadulterated bliss. But it is so much more than a comedy and for once the layers of comedy match the poignant and sorrowful drama that creeps up throughout the 2 hour long performance." - Detroit Laughs Louder

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    Olympe De Gouges – Diane Hill Charlotte Corday – Sara Rose Marie Antoinette – Melissa Beckwith Marianne Angelle – K Edmonds   Stage Manager - Michelle Resnick Scenic design - Forrest Hejkal Lighting design - Daniel C. Walker Sound design - Carla Milarch  

The Revolutionists
by Lauren Gunderson
Director - David Wolber

Olympe De Gouges – Diane Hill
Charlotte Corday – Sara Rose
Marie Antoinette – Melissa Beckwith
Marianne Angelle – K Edmonds


Stage Manager - Michelle Resnick
Scenic design - Forrest Hejkal
Lighting design - Daniel C. Walker
Sound design - Carla Milarch