Words and music by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
Musical Direction by Aaron Benham
October 21 – December 10, 2017
presented at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave
Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, this dark musical chronicles the journey of Marie Christine, a racially mixed woman imprisoned without a trial to face death. From her jail cell, she recounts her journey from a genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society through love, betrayal, and incomprehensible vengeance, to her final tragic fate. Inspired by the Medea myth, this tale of dark magic and raw emotion is loosely based on the life of real-life voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau. Penned by musical writer Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Hello Again, Bernarda Alba), the San Francisco Examiner hailed Marie Christine as “a major work by one of the most highly regarded new serious songwriters for the stage.”
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Rave reviews for Marie Christine:
"Remarkably gutsy and sensual... an expansive song suite of magic and passion and betrayal... well worth a look and a listen." ★★★
"Nothing less than sizzling, from first note to last... sensationally lush and emotionally charged... Lili-Anne Brown’s direction is exemplary" HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"Fresh and ferocious... BoHo’s ensemble is right in every note"
–Stage and Cinema
"Stunning perfection... Marie Christine should be short-listed for Chicago must-see theater... [Kyrie Courter as Marie Christine] keeps us absolutely spellbound" HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
–Picture This Post
"Kyrie Courter gives a deeply felt and expertly sung performance... keen direction... spirited choreography"
"Richly-textured, musically-challenging... with some of the finest singing and playing I've encountered in off-Loop theater"
–Windy City Times
"breathtaking, provocative... grips the audience from the very beginning and never lets go until the final musical notes" HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
–Chicago Theatre Review
"storefront theatre firing on all cylinders... a must for anyone who enjoys having some of Chicago’s finest singing actors under one roof"
–Chicagoland Musical Theatre
"LaChiusa’s score is spooky and angular" RECOMMENDED