Cincinnati Shakespeare Companyâ€™s â€œHenry IVâ€ Earns 4 Star LCT Rating
Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Cincinnati Shakespeare Companyâ€™s production of the Henry IV, Parts I and II with a 4 Star Rating.
Henry IV is Shakespeareâ€™s classic history that mixes rebellion and treachery with the humorous coming of age of Prince Hal and his companion Falstaff. Panelists praised the production as â€œexuberant and boisterousâ€¦a really great ride!â€ â€œCSC drums up big attention with the playâ€¦ I would highly recommend this production, especially for anyone who previously thought the History Plays were boring!â€ Brian Isaac Phillips was applauded for â€œflawlessâ€ direction, â€œmaintaining order during the swiftly moving sequences.â€ Andrew Hungerfordâ€™s lighting was noteworthy,Â â€œheightening the drama and the mood scene by scene and keeping the audience focused and entrancedâ€.Â Drew Fracher was also recognized for his effective fight choreography.
Panelists were impressed by the entire ensemble, who â€œsing and cavort and run the aisles and play with good energy and focusâ€¦I felt riveted.â€ Standouts included Matthew Lewis Johnsonâ€™s Falstaff and Justin McCombâ€™s Prince Hal.Â â€œTheir affection and sense of mischief was wonderful. McComb captured a Prince untethered, in the last throes of ribald chicaneryâ€¦Johnson as Falstaff was delightful and fully flirtatious – waxing wordily as he justifies his lies and cowardice.â€
Henry IV continues through April 91th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.cincyshakes.com.
League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a 5 star scale and recommend shows at either a 4 star or 5 star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.