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Moving Bodies

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Entertaining, Slow, Absorbing, Great acting

About the show

When the Marquise du Châtelet and Voltaire take opposing sides in a controversy over Newtonian physics, sparks fly. Part of the 2018 Dream Up Festival. More…

It's Paris 1728. Secretary of the Academy of Science affirms Newton's calculation of the force of moving bodies: Force= Mass x Velocity. When Emilie du Châtelet corrects his mistake in an open letter in the Journal of Science: Force = Mass x Velocity squared, the Secretary strikes back. Defiant, excessive, and real, the unapologetic scientist Emilie du Châtelet fought for her place as one of the world’s greatest scientists. 'Moving Bodies' reclaims Emilie's story and tells how she fought for love and science and why as a woman she was never allowed to have both.

Member Reviews (19)


Ambitious, Entertaining, Slow, Absorbing, Great acting
Avg Score

Ambitious, Funny, Slow, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want an entertaining take on a historical figure and those around her with some laughs (Beck & Muirhead), costumes and good period music

Don't see it if you want a snappy production throughout - there are many scenes that become both confusing and slow at times.

Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Great Story about a Lady who was very smart with a sharp mind. Place in French.

Don't see it if If you want fast plat drama, If you do not like the time period.

Also Never hear of this great Lady Emilie Du Chatelet. I like this play for... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great costumes, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You like period pieces about real people and a possible snapshot into the life of an interesting and intelligent woman.

Don't see it if You want an interesting play. Over the top acting (I think on purpose), bizarre transitions, boring plot that tried to do to much at once.

Also I am obviously an outlier here, almost everyone else seems to have rea... Read more Read less

Voltaire's lover --scintillating historical drama of early female physics genius

See it if Never heard of Emilie du Chatelet, but what a character! Lovely costume drama of 18th century French aristocratic intellectuals.

Don't see it if David Beck's music at the piano/harpsichord added atmosphere to the play. Jonathan Tindle was a deliciously arrogant Voltaire.

Also Emilie du Chatelet was a real historical figure, but reminded me of St... Read more Read less

Very humorous @ times / mildly entertaining, Misogynist / mean-spirited characters, Interesting (historical), Ambitious / dizzying

See it if you're interested in learning a bit about the struggles of 1700's scientist Emilie du Chatelet (better known as 1 of Voltaire's mistresses).

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces, stylized walking/posing, really bad wigs, sing-song dialogue, & some live music (you get into it soon enough).

Also This era was truly catty, dismissive & mean-spirited.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy historical dramas & period pieces;are interested in Voltaire & French Enlightenment;want to learn more about a female scientist.

Don't see it if you dislike "talky" plays,historical dramas & period pieces,plays in which the narrative is kept going by reading letters from a character.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Slow

See it if You enjoy plays based upon often overlooked historical figures. The show will make you interested to learn more about Émilie du Châtelet.

Don't see it if You dislike powdered wigs. That would be a deal-breaker. You are looking for a play that is a deep dive into Émilie du Châtelet.

Also "Self-love is always the mainspring... of our actions; it is the wind ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow, Disjointed

See it if you are particularly interested in this character or Voltaire's life or the history of science. Rather dull for a general audience, I think.

Don't see it if You are looking for a polished evening in the theatre. Script is ponderous and needs work. Staging is amateurish. Leading actress was absent

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you would like to see how women scientists have been overlooked in history and particularly the obstacles faced during the Enlightenment

Don't see it if You find Newton, Voltaire, Leibniz and their concerns too esoteric-much of play is theoretical discussion of physics, rest is romantic tngl

Ambitious, Thoughtful costume design, Interesting 18th century wig design, Historical biographical drama, Ideal for physics majors

See it if you love Voltaire & 18th century figures, you like discovering forgotten female scientists, you often ponder the flaws in "Newton's Laws"

Don't see it if don't like plays based on events from the 1700s whose French characters' personal history is obscure; if you prefer plays on current topics

Also Brilliant French physicist EMILIE du CHATELET [1706-1749] was not give... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You like historical dress and learning about important and overlooked historical figures via an only so-so script.

Don't see it if You need likable characters; no one in here is pleasant. The script's ambitions exceed its grasp. It's slow - 90 minutes that felt like 180.

Ambitious, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You are into the intricacy of feminism and science in the 1700s. And ... the intelligent dialogues & costumes...Classic and yet contemporary

Don't see it if You prefer musical. Still, everyone deserves to see a good show like this.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Insipid

See it if you want to learn about a strong woman who did not receive the credit she was due.

Don't see it if You hope to learn about this woman's intelligence. It was filled with tedious, boring scenes about her personal life.

Also Unfortunately, there was too much boring repetition.

Delightful, Intelligent

See it if you would like to know about a gifted 1700's philosopher, mathematician, physicist and author who persisted through sexism and jealousy.

Don't see it if you expect a play about Voltaire.

Also Emilie du Chatelet was a gifted mathematician, physicist and author du... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Funny, Historical, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you're interested in the history of science, women's history, costumed dramas, biographical plays

Don't see it if you're not interested in history or science, you don't like dramas told through letters (though this is occasional, not constant)

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like historical drama.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to follow a story where one actor plays various parts.

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are interested in period pieces and women's issues

Don't see it if you need a contemporary plot and a lot of action

Clever, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if you enjoy period pieces and quick dialogue.

Don't see it if like plays with distinct character roles.

Also I found this play a bit hard to follow - there were some characters in... Read more Read less

Slow, Intense, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy period pieces, complex tales of history mixed with science, and stories of women fighting to prove themselves.

Don't see it if you want contemporary stories told in contemporary language, scientific terms easily confuse you, or you don't like plays with music

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