The Baldwin Maskers Present: Marie Antoinette
by David Adjmi
In this contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France’s love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!” in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society and love of celebrity gossip - and the confectionary artifice that might just be entertaining civility to death.
April 12, 7 p.m.
April 13, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Note that this production is not recommended for audiences under the age of 13 due to distressing historical subject matter and some sexual references.
"Mr. Adjmi has set himself the task of translating this gilded-cage life into the contemporary language of the spoiled and empty-headed rich, with...Marie sounding rather like the pampered teenage heroine of the movie 'Clueless.' He does so with the empathy that has always leavened his politically judgmental plays...MR. ADJIMI IS ONE OF SEVERAL ADVENTUROUS YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS NOW...who rather than avoiding clichés are embracing them to find out what enduring truths and lies still lurk beneath their threadbare exteriors."
- The New York Times
"David Adjmi’s jagged yet elegant historical riff... This tough-minded play doesn’t offer a middle path... Adjmi complicates the satire by imbuing his doomed protagonist with intellectual vibrancy and genuine compassion..." (Four Stars, Critic's Pick)
- Time Out New York
"From Valley Girl comedy (“the linzer tarts omigod”) to mad-scene finale,...David Adjmi’s [Marie Antoinette is a] marvelous, disturbing, revisionist take. (Critics’ Pick)
— New York Magazine