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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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Review by MICHAEL MERRITT

June 23, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

Pretty much all of it.

What I didn't like

Nope.

My overall impression

A perfectly calibrated theatrical engine that blends period presentation and anachronistic flair. You like medieval chanting with your pounding 80’s soundtrack? Done. How about beheadings with your gay-orgy-acted-out-by-women? You’re covered. One thing School of Night always gets right is the presentation of classic text in a way that anyone can understand, so if you hesitate because it’s Marlowe, realize you’re probably used to high-school calibre performances of these old texts where even the performers don’t know what they’re saying. The staging, playfully creative direction, and the literate professionally-crafted performances here illuminate this text. This is a spectacular bit of theatre. See it while you can.

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