This is the last weekend for two Shakespearean plays that are on two completely different spectrum’s from each other:
Henry VI part 2 performed by the American Shakespeare Center at the BlackFriars
I had already reviewed Mondo (Titus) Andronicus. In short realistic blood, gore, and violence, if you like horror movies, you’ll love this. So I’ll just say a quick word about Henry VI at the Blackfriars.
I just finally got around to seeing it last weekend, I haven’t had time to write it up, and now it’s closing this weekend. Truthfully I’ve been enjoying Shakespeare’s History plays more then you can imagine, and this one’s no exception. I really don’t think the Histories get their due. Henry VI part 2 has enough court intrigue, subplots and action to keep you riveted to your seat. Not to mention the famous quote, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” And even though it’s “Part two”, it is a complete stand alone story. Henry VI is the ongoing tale about the son of Henry V (Now at Sidney Harman Hall), the passions of men and their desire for power. It also includes one of the nastiest noble woman this side of Macbeth.
Both the plays listed above are entertaining, Mondo is definitely for adults only, but since I like the old 70 style grindhouse movies, that is not a bad thing. As a matter of fact I may take up an offer to go see it a second time this Friday. And Henry VI is the ASC doing what the ACS does best, great Shakespeare! So depending on your mood, both are fun choices… But don’t wait to long, this weekend is it.
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