Sunday, July 23, 2006

HENRY IV PARTS I AND II

"Therefore, my Harry,
Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
With foreign quarrels; that action, hence borne out,
May waste the memory of the former days. "

This was a muscular and pacy production by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, curiously old-fashioned but arguably none the worse for that. A good Falsaff, a great Shallow and Silence, and a somewhat unconvincing Prince Harry, with Part II improving significantly on Part I.

Charles Spencer wrote in the Daily Telegraph,
"This Henry IV is far from great, but it is palpably sincere, and no time spent in the company of these great plays can ever be counted as wasted."

Personal Star Rating[out of Five] Part I **
Part II ***

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