EMAV Review: Lavish 'Marie Antoinette' is dynamic and powerful ★★★★★

Updated: Mar 8, 2019

★★★★★ - Irresistible

This theatrical and stylistic retelling of the life and final days of Marie Antoinette is a challenging and powerfully irresistible 5-Star production of David Adjmi’s play, with a tour-de-force performance by Katie Marie Jones.

From the outset, vibrant tints of sky-high coiffure and haute couture are worn by Marie and her frenemies – as they converse like Valley Girls over a spot of tea and plates of colorful macaroons. Throughout the first act, the audience is treated to Marie’s lavish, onstage costume changes underscored by the driving beat of techno music and flashy lighting on the “Fashion Show Runway”.

Director Troy Heard and his gifted production team tease us in Act 1 with the frivolous and sumptuous finery of life in 18th Century Versailles, Paris & Environs, and then effectively strip away the nonessential accessories in Act 2 as the Royal Family attempts to escape to the country. Marie’s wardrobe is by then reduced to on