The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its excellent season with a remarkable remake of the classic Shakespeare tale Henry IV parts 1 & 2 currently running until April 19, 2014. They will entice you and draw you in with adventure will captivate your mind with piercing family drama between father and son, outrageous comedy, mayhem, and intense battle scenes.
The story starts with Henry IV removing Richard II from his throne. Richard II was an evil and bad king, and Henry was championed for by nobles and people for deposing him. However, the country is thrown into chaos and disorder, as challenges to his authority arise and the country is on the edge of a civil war.
Meanwhile, the King's son Prince Hal has no concern for the affairs of state in the beginning, or family honor. He is more concerned enjoying life. He spends much of his time carousing, with the questionable knight called Sir John Falstaff and his loyal band of followers. They get drunk, spend time in the brothels, pull pranks and take what they want. The King chastises his son for this behavior, and not talking responsibility for his position in the family and being an heir to the throne.
Prince Harry (Hal) is loyal when the chips are down and heads back home to support the family and the crown. The King still questions Harry his loyalty and intent.
Justin McCombs was incredible as Prince Hal he displayed a wide range of acting skills, including comedy, sincerity and boldness. He is now in his 4th year at the CSC. Some of his favorite roles have been in Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Bingley, Tom Joan in The Grapes of Wrath, and Konstantin in The Seagull.
Jim Hopkins did an extremely spirited performance as King Henry IV, he was stern, and believable. Jim has been involved in many of CSC successful shows, including Romeo, Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Matthew Lewis Johnson as Sir John Falstaff was remarkable. He was witty, humorous, captivating, as I watched to see what shenanigans the character would do next. Matthew has performed in over 50 roles at the CSC over the years, including performances in Hamlet, Marc Anthony, and Lear's Fool. He is also an award-winning playwright, designer, and puppeteer.
Henry IV Parts I and 2 was highly entertaining to watch and I highly recommend. More information this show is available at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's website at: www.cincyshakes.com