|January 21, 2008|
Stages Theatre Company
"A Lion in Winter"
Underwritten by: Holland Litho Printing Services
*Note: this presentation will be available live but will not be archived on the web due to contractual restrictions
By James Goldman
A powerful and witty play exploring the dangerous and convoluted dynamics of royal family politics during the Middle Ages. Henry II, conqueror of much of Europe must dodge the internal warfare from his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his scheming and ambitious children. The Lion in Winter employs delightful dialogue and brilliant verbal swordplay to portray the dramatic irony of these complex familial relationships.
Stages Theatre Company is dedicated to exploring the eternal answers that offer hope and inspiration for the human condition. The company strives to "give you the truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion" (Williams, The Glass Menagerie). Productions include works ranging from Shakespeare to Neil Simon, T.S. Eliot to Tennessee Williams.
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With storyline and dialog as high as the castle wall itself, the cast
and play move as swiftly as the blade of a broadsword.
Chris Kanaga as Henry II brings all the right stuff to the
Richard Lionheart (Luke Norman), Geoffrey (Brad Lussier), and John (Kyle Norman) all play their parts to the hilt. Richard fearless, John
fumbling, and Geoffrey constantly scheming, they never turn their backs
Filling out the major roles are Br. Stephen Velie as Philip and Rachel
McKendree as his half sister Alais. They too are
"Stages first-class production ....the movie version ... Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn and was nominated for seven academy awards ..it's a tough act to follow but Stages does it in style. ....all the characters handle the play's verbal jousting with aplomb.
Chris Kanaga as Henry, with his long hair, neatly trimmed beard and
shiny crown, fits the model of the classic medieval king. He portrays
Henry with a regal mix of strength, charm and narcissism. Sr. Danielle
Dwyer plays Eleanor of Aquitaine with dignity and a dash of glee ...Brad
Lussier, Geoffrey, could make a career playing sinewy villains...Rachel
McKendree ..charming as Alais, the pretty pawn in the match between
king, queen and princes."
"Danielle Dwyer is vibrant as the strong-willed, manipulative Eleanor.
Although her character's famed beauty has faded, her sharp wit is
intact. Dwyer delivers her lines with impeccable timing and marvelous
expressions. Chris Kanaga gives a charismatic portrayal of Henry as
warlike, self-possessed leader who's mellowed in his middle years."
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