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Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

ensemble theatre · tier 5 theatre project · Ages 12+ · United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Review by LAURIE JONES

June 13, 2017 certified reviewer
tagged as: historical · funny

What I liked

This was such a clever way to dive into this bit of history! I liked the acting and the amount of patience this play took by all of the wives. They sat engaged no matter who was talking!

What I didn't like

It was hard not to clap for the individual accomplishments of the wives mid-scene!! Not a critique… just wanted to share what I was going through!

My overall impression

I really enjoyed this show! I am a big history nerd and it delighted me in all of the right ways. I thought the casting was truly outstanding. Each actress played their part so well! No, I’m not forgetting you, Henry. It was so great to go on such a dynamic, emotional journey with you. Great job! James Cougar Canfield wrote a really clever play about a powerful king that continues to be defined by his wives. Love the idea that his wives are the jury in his purgatory and that Anne Boleyn won’t even define it as such! I loved the grounded acting by Claiborne Tomlinson, Jennifer Haining, and Laryssa Schoeck. Elli Stovall Brown was a delightful, light, and playful Catherine Howard. Wendy K. Skuse played her power and comedic moments so well as the famous Anne Boleyn. Waiting the entire play to speak, Hilary Kelman delivered such a kick-ass performance as Catherine of Aragon.

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