About halfway through "The Faggot King," I wondered why women were chosen to play gay men in Christopher Marlowe's play (subtitled "The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second"). I thought perhaps that something would come of this odd casting choice, but it became apparent that it was simply an idea with no follow-through.
With uneven acting and weird anachronistic behavior (sex a la the movie "Cruising") up against the pomp and pageantry normally associated with Elizabethan plays, the evening never blended into a satisfying experience. While some may find the casting offensive, I simply found it to be bland. What a shame given the amazing ensemble in last year's "Punch and Judy" (also directed by Christopher Johnson)...
certified reviewerJune 24, 2017
Extrodinary! Refreshing! Genius on a shoestring!
Violent, sexy, funny. If you don't like what School of Night is doing here, there is something wrong with you. Ten good actors speak the speech, but even if you are completely deaf, you will still understand what is going on in, so clear is the directing and blocking. You cannot not understand what is happening....