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Scott Ellis 12:30 p.m., June 21
It's 1793, amid the Reign of Terror, Olympe De Gouge, one of history's most committed feminists, wants to write a play to change the world. Her characters come to her: Charlotte Corday, who stabbed Jean-Paul Marat to death in a tub,wants an "exit line"; and Marie Antoinette, of "let them eat cake" fame, wants "better press." Olympe's best friend (who may not have existed) Marianna Angele, a free black revoluitonary from San Dominique, overseeswhat turns out to be an extended script conference. I've seen three of Laura Gunderson's plays; she has yet to write a fully-developed character. Revolutionistshas a daring theme: "show the boys how revolutions are done" (which isup-to-the-minute, given the extraordinary international women's protest after the election). But it spends too much time talking about its own making and sermonizingabout the myriad virtues of art (to the converted). Director Jennifer Eve Thorn, Jenniifer Brawn Gittings' spectacular, late 18th century costumes, and a deft ensemble -- JoAnn Glover (Olympe), Cashae Monya (Marianne), Lisel Gorel-Getz (Marie Antoinette), and Samantha Ginn (Corday) -- combine for a very funny show that can't quite cut the calories on an overly sugar-coated pill.Worth a try.