Now it’s opening Season 16 at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) with seven most familiar and ordinarily persuasive performers directed by artistic guru Brian Isaac Phillips.
It’s 1183. Henry II — King of England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and most of France — gathers together a Christmas party that is certain to produce fireworks: his scheming wife (Eleanor of Aquitaine), his rebellious sons (Richard the Lionheart; angry, overlooked Geoffrey; and bumptious John), his current mistress (French princess Alais) and the French King (Philip Capet). His doomed purpose: Cement the succession, soothe wounded ambitions and settle bloody conflicts that divide the family.
Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 11. Tickets are $20-$26.
Read Tom McElfresh's full review here.