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Saint Joan The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 29 2017

The Joan of Arc that George Bernard Shaw created in 1924 was a revolutionary anarchist warrior. Equal parts Napoleon and Jesus Christ, she burned at the stake for the "heresies" of speaking truth to power and of claiming inspiration from God. But we're in new territory here, as this adaptation from director Marylynne Anderson-Cooper and the Poetic Forum Collective can testify. Boasting a fabulous all-female cast, this staging shifts from the castles of 15th-century Europe to the offices and boardrooms of the present day. The lords are ladies, the kings, queens; the court of the honorable Dauphin meets around a conference table, the chairs of state are swivel chairs. And this, rather improbably, I'd say, is Shaw on fleek. Don't believe me? After five minutes of Christabel Donkor as the baddest Robert de Baudricourt ever seen, you will. —Max Maller

Price: $15

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