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  Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

La Marquise du Châtelet was a woman born in the wrong era. A brilliant mathematician and physicist, she was the toast of the Enlightenment. Nevertheless, she's not a very well known historical figure. Voltaire got it right when he said du Châtelet was "a great man whose only fault was being a woman." Now Lauren Gunderson's play Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight resurrects this fascinating personality. Emilie finds herself back in the world of the living, patting her body in surprise and wondering at the reason for her return. She soon becomes desperate to find out whether her challenge to one of Isaac Newton's equations was correct. "I died thinking: Was I right?" she explains. "Shortly followed by: Was I loved? Shortly followed by: Does either one really matter in the end?" This smart, surprising and sexy portrait of a true genius is onstage at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.

Thru - Jul 16, 2017

Price: $30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...What the cast of Bryan Wakefield's Organic Theater staging can't fix is Gunderson's notion that chronicling Emilie means valorizing her--trying to convince us, for instance, that a fabulously wealthy woman who did pretty much as she pleased and was taken seriously by her peers somehow led a difficult life. A more honest Emilie might be more interesting."
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Tony Adler

ChicagoCritic - Not Recommended

"...Emilie is a production that will interest audiences already interested in hearing about women whom history has disenfranchised. Yet, many, if not all, of the details touched upon in this play can be found summarized on Wikipedia. Besides these details, I don't see this production offering much else in terms of interest. It certainly wasn't entertaining."
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August Lysy

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Organic Theater Company has splendid actors and does not disappoint in execution-Sturm is a forceful Emilie, Moses an enticing Voltaire. In the chameleonic roles of Soubrette, Madam and Gentleman, Sara Copeland, Glenn, and John Arthur Lewis embody a whole class of French society among themselves, despite an apparent ensemble-wide contract to enunciate French badly. As a scholar and pioneer, the marquise of Chatelet should be remembered-with complexity."
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Irene Hsiao

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