The hilarious, heartbreaking, (mostly) true tale of the first woman to
ever be "trolled" through the media. With an eclectic mix of storytelling
techniques, this musically driven play shines a comedic yet poignant light on
how little things have changed for women in the limelight today. The year
was 1873 and all Lydia Pinkham wanted to do was to help her neighbors in a
time when getting quality medical advice was nearly impossible for women.
Testimonials called her Vegetable Compound a miracle cure, but when her
well-intentioned, dim-witted sons decided to use their mother's face on all
the products and ads, it lit a firestorm of criticism and cruelty from the
public. Despite the success she was able to bring to her family, Lydia had to
face a question that seems as relevant today as it did 150 years ago: Am I
brave enough to put myself out there and am I strong enough to withstand
the harsh backlash of the public?
Presented by Moving Bench Theatre
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Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended
"...Overall this production is what Chicago theatre is all about. A group of talented performers in a small space giving 110% to entertain an audience. They leave them laughing and thinking. Nothing better than a group giving their all to entertain and be dedicated to a piece of theatrical art. The elixir might just be some vegetables and some booze but if you believe in the magic then itís there. Just like productions like this."
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