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Marie Antoinette

Every Fri. and Sat. from Feb. 10-March 4
7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Feb. 19-26
2 p.m.
Every Thu. from Feb. 23-March 2
7:30 p.m.
March 1
7:30 p.m.
$26; pay-as-able February 14.
Theater

Marie Antoinette has inspired a vast array of artistic interpretations. Some depict the doomed queen as an elitist who responded to her subjects’ suffering with the dismissive (though largely debunked) quote, “Let them eat cake.” Others see her as a victim of circumstances beyond her control, born into a gilded monarchy whose insulating decadence kept her ignorant to the outside world and the growing bitterness toward her privileged existence. Contemporary playwright David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette attempts to reconcile those contrasting perspectives. Born Archduchess of Austria, Antoinette was immediately sequestered into the rarified sphere of regality, a position further solidified by her political marriage to the future King of France, Louis XVI, at the age of 14. Adjmi follows her as she indulges in all the luxurious diversions of a frivolous existence, only to slowly awaken to the violent unrest among the lower class. Under the consistently insightful direction of John Heimbuch, Jane Froiland takes on the title role in this production from Walking Shadow Theatre Company. The ever charismatic Froiland should prove an inspired choice for the title role, embodying an isolated queen whose characterization reveals more than a blithe persona. In reappraising such an enigmatic figure, Marie Antoinette will attempt to ponder the capriciousness of popular sentiment while questioning the culpability of our own unfathomable characters.