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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

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

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

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

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.

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

“Moving Bodies” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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