wptheater, Upper West Side
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 7:00pm
In the mid nineteenth century, when the medical profession wasn't particularly regulated, anyone could hang a shingle calling themselves a doctor and dispense “medications” and perform surgery without
One such person was Ann Lohman, a self-proclaimed “female physician” who amassed a great fortune in New York City, performing abortions and arranging the adoption of illegitimate babies under the alias Madame Restell, at a time when most reputable doctors and hospitals would
Wickedest Woman is Lohman's story, told from
Starring Jessica O'Hara-Barker as the strong female lead and with Jose-Maria Aguila in the supporting role as her second husband, this production, written by Jessica Bashline and directed by Melissa Crespo, features a handsome set by Anna Driftmier that looks like it might have been designed by the great recycler,
Featuring live, traditional folk songs about the melancholic fate of women in a land dominated by an elite patriarchy incapable of experiencing pregnancy or poverty, Wickedest Woman straddles the line that would make it a musical, and the assignment of the gender-diverse cast to roles that dismiss the binary in Victorian-era costumes allow this production to straddle the line that would label
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Whether you deem Madame Restell a feminist hero at a time when she was needed most, or a quack who took advantage of unfair social norms to rise from rags to riches,
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