Drama Review: Becoming Mrs. Washington (Four Stars)


Drama Review: Becoming Mrs. Washington

Four Stars

Wednesdays at 1:15 PM Hennage Auditorium (museum admission required), Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

“I wasn’t raised to run a plantation, I was raised to be a domestic goddess.”

Among our favorite interpretative dramas at Colonial Williamsburg is this representation of Martha Dandridge Custis upon her arrival at Mount Vernon in 1759, just after her marriage to colonial Colonel George Washington.29martha1

Not some dry, academic lecture, this reflection makes Martha’s youth and history come alive. She reveals both the status of women in eighteenth century society and how she came to become the wealthiest widow in Virginia.

While this presentation purports to take place elsewhere, it reflects on Martha’s New Kent county youth and her family’s home in Williamsburg, next door to the site of the hospital through which guests enter the art museums.

Worth an hour out of your visit to CW. A welcome chance to sit and cool off from our warm, muggy Virginia summer.