See it if you like intelligent, thought-provoking dramas with a feminist slant.
Don't see it if a pro-abortion play would turn you off. Read more
See it if A fascinating portrait of a woman who makes history in 1800’s New York. If you enjoy realistic drama see this it’s your kind of play !
Don't see it if You are looking for escapist drama and or you can’t deal with plays that portray the subject of abortion. Otherwise see it, you will learn !
See it if you want to be surprised. This play was wickedly good. Entire cast was multi-talented and the production was tight with no glaring miscues
Don't see it if a biographical drama about a female abortionist in 19th century NYC would not interest you, but you would be missing a worthwhile night out.
See it if you're interested in a beautifully written, beautifully acted play about a 19th century midwife and abortionist in NYC.
Don't see it if you want a light evening of theater that won't make you think.
See it if you enjoy learning about cool true stories. If you like NYC stories, stories of strong women. Great set & costumes. Love the writing & cast.
Don't see it if you are not open to gender-neutral casting.
See it if interested in 19th century positions about abortion & one woman's crusade to help those in need. Based on Ann Lohman's life. New to me.
Don't see it if you don't like gender bending actors playing multiple roles. Some better than others. Read more
See it if You are drawn to feminist-themed and/or historical works. This is a solid, intelligent, well-written, well-acted piece.
Don't see it if You have strong pro-life convictions. You are a highly unforgiving theater-goer. There’s some subpar acting. Could use tweaking. Read more
See it if You’re interested in the history of women’s reproductive rights—the story is so moving!
Don't see it if You are offended by abortion and can’t emphathize with the humanity behind the beginning of the legality debate. Read more
“Brilliantly written and using historical documents and transcripts, Jessica Bashline's ‘Wickedest Woman’ tells a fascinating but true story. It has been given a riveting, cinematic production by Strange Sun Theater Company directed by Melissa Crespo at WP Theater. Based entirely on the facts of the case, the play is an indictment of medical, social and political hypocrisy in 19th century New York City with Ann having crossed important and powerful financial interests.”
“The production is replete with great details, from gender-blind doubling of the cast, to the semi-impressionistic set...the mix of accents in the play's NYC, and the effective snatches of traditional songs...O'Hara-Baker is superb. Her complex, deeply human, and dignified portrayal of Ann is enthralling right through its moving conclusion...The rest of the cast brings strong performances to a range of roles...This is one time that seeing the doctor is something to look forward to.”
"Jessica O’Hara-Baker is absolutely stunning. Her Ann Lohman is passionate, matter of fact, and severe to enemies and compassionate to patients...The ensemble of actors were constantly playing opposite genders – a clear and powerful choice by director Melissa Crespo – and they excel...At a time when media is fighting to affect and shape our collective perspective, Strange Sun Theater’s production of 'Wickedest Woman' is a reminder that there is always more to the story."
"Jessica O’Hara Baker gives a fierce, intense performance that carries the show. She’s electrifying to watch, and her presence is missed in the few moments she’s offstage for a costume change...The production is thoughtfully directed by Melissa Crespo...'Wickedest Woman' is a play worth braving the cold weather for, to see the story of an exceptional woman whose modern relevance is, at once, depressing and inspiring."