Monday, March 2, 2020

Henry IV

Henry IV Part 1 by William Shakespeare is at the Orlando Shakes through March 21, 2020. Some back story is needed to set the stage. Henry IV (Jim Ireland) took the throne from his corrupt and indecisive eldest brother Richard II. King Henry IV's eldest son was Prince Hal (Benjamin Bonefant). Though he should be destined to one day take his father's throne, he instead spent his time hanging out with very fat and disorderly Falstaff (Philip Nolan). Hal spends his time drinking and womanizing and the occasional highway theft, much to his fathers annoyance.

Meanwhile Edmund Mortimer (Cameron Grey) the leader of Henry IV's army is captured in Wales by the Welsh rebel fighter Glendower (Brandon Roberts). Hotspur (Walter Kmiec) of the Percy family helped King Henry IV overthrow Richard II. But the new king never paid his debt and for this reason, Edmund was held ransom. The king refused since he found out Edmund had turned traitor and married the rebel's daughter. Edmund's daughter was married to Hotspur who was a hot blooded and very angry cousin to King Henry IV.  He formed an alliance with is uncle and the rebels to overthrow king Henry IV.

On the battlefield the alliance fell apart in that the rebels and Hotspur's own father (Rodney Lizcano) never showed up for battle, leaving them hopelessly outnumbered by King Henry IV's forces. Hotspur's uncle went to the king for a parley and the king offers a pardon to Hotspur. This messages was never relayed and so battle ensues. It seems like dozens of sword fight broke out on stage all at once.

The wayward son Hal joined his father and in the end saved the day. Falstaff on the other hand stayed true to his debauchery ways, hiding to avoid fighting and then taking credit for Hals handiwork. His monologues about how useless Honor is on the battlefield are for me some of the most memorable and moving accounts of what it means to be human and alive. Just keeping track of the family tree is a feat unto itself but the action and drama are universal.

The bottom line is that this was a fun evening of theater.
Tickets are $32 to 57
The remaining show times...
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 2:00 PM - Senior Matinee
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 2:00 PM - Talk back Performance
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM - Senior Matinee
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 7:30 PM

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