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The Faggot King or The Troublesome Reign of Edward II

ensemble theatre · the school of night · Ages 17+ · United States of America

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ESTHER MIRA June 14, 2017
School Of Night wowed me last year with their debut show Punch And Judy at The Hollywood Fringe Festival, and I honestly wasn’t sure how they would top it. But, my oh my how they have delivered and then some with The Faggot King or the Troublesome Reign of Edward II. It is all about precision and detail in Christopher Johnson’s masterful direction. It’s brilliant how he has the cast perform many of the scenes completely to the audience in a presentational style. Linda Muggeridge’s costumes are gorgeous and (without giving anything away) fit the time period wonderfully. Jen Albert’s fight choreography is incredible and the swordplay is especially magnificent to watch. You can tell all of the actors are very well trained in stage combat which ... full review
JIM HANNA certified reviewer June 14, 2017
Scarcely a surprise but The School of Night folks have killed it again. I always marvel at their ability to cram so much (fights, music, elaborate costuming, raves, first-rate performances) into so little (short run time, small space). It's a wildly entertaining spectacle that deserves all the eyes it can get. Go see it!... full review
SHARI BARRETT broadway world certified reviewer June 16, 2017
From the brilliantly designed medieval costumes by Linda Muggeridge to producer Jen Albert's amazing fight choreography, and especially Heather Schmidt's gender-bending take on Edward II, the play was incredibly entertaining as long as you don't mind all the decapitations! Tiffany Cole cannot disguise her womanly figure, yet pulls off her role as Hugh de Spencer, the great love of the Faggot King. We were entertained from start to finish.... full review
PATTY JEAN ROBINSON certified reviewer June 17, 2017
Once again, School of Night brings you a theatrical experience to be enjoyed. For the first time, I was able to enjoy this play. ... full review
CURTIS KRICK certified reviewer June 18, 2017
Tightly directed, sharply observed, well executed. The entire ensemble aquit themselves nobly. Funny, sexy, smart. Everything you want from an evening of theater.... full review
DEIRDRE SMITH certified reviewer June 18, 2017
My favourite show of #HFF17, Heather Schmidt and cast are exceptional. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 20, 2017
tagged as: misguided
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)... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 24, 2017
Extrodinary! Refreshing! Genius on a shoestring! ... full review
DONALD WATSON certified reviewer June 24, 2017
tagged as: Super Show
Fantastic-Great Show!... full review
BRIAN HAMILL certified reviewer June 24, 2017
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.... full review

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