The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1455 Thursday, 17 July 2003
Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2003 07:48:51 -0400
Subject: Henry V in Central Park
An Evening in the Park With a Playboy Prince
By BEN BRANTLEY
"Where is that old muse of fire when you need her? That goddess of
inspiration, beseechingly evoked in the prologue of "Henry V," appears
to be on vacation this summer. Maybe she's been co-opted as a houseguest
by some movie producer in the Hamptons. In any case she is definitely
keeping her distance from the flashy, flabby production of Shakespeare's
gung-ho military history play that opened last night at the Delacorte
Theater in Central Park.
Though the title role of the playboy prince turned commanding king is
portrayed by no less an actor than Liev Schreiber, the American
theater's finest young interpreter of Shakespeare, even he doesn't stand
much chance against the battalions of adversaries assembled by the
director, Mark Wing-Davey."
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