See it if you're interested in abortion history. Theatrical presentn of info w/oft-broken 4th wall. Gr story of strg woman, staged creatively. Singing
Don't see it if you get impatient; loses focus. Some scenes drag. Uneven acting skills. Sad (true) ending. Effective gender-bending roles. Google-ready.
See it if Well researched, written & acted bio. Excellent characterization of Madame Restell. I didn't know that abortion was legal in 1850.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy bio shows. You are uninterested in the history of abortion and how today's controversy relates to the late 19th century.
“Brilliantly written and using historical documents and transcripts, Jessica Bashline's ‘Wickedest Woman’ tells a fascinating but true story.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."