A playwright travels to Florence, Italy to read the letters of Galileo’s daughter, Maria Celeste. She is planning to write a play about her. Maria loved science and helping her father. She was an illegitimate child, so she didn’t have the option to marry. Instead, she chose to join a convent and continued to secretly help him from there.
The play by Jessica Dickey is often humorous, such as the multiple times when a character says, “Italian Italian Italian Italian” instead of actually speaking Italian. It’s also very interesting as the history surrounding Celeste’s life is explored.
The play is very short at just 80 minutes. It would be interesting to see it presented with another short play as a double feature.
Linda Gullum is perfectly cast as the writer. Many in the audience believed she was the actual writer of the play at the start. Emily Bosco is excellent as the daughter, eager to work with her father. Chiké Johnson (Toni Stone) is superb as the brilliant Galileo making great discoveries and publishing them against the will of the church.
Cost of a ticket: $36
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