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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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June 24, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

I was really impressed with the strength of the cast overall: everyone spoke so clearly and with such intention, I never felt lost or confused, which can easily happen when we do Marlowe, frankly. Was particularly struck by the Queen’s impeccable French accent (and her amazing hair! - Linda’s costume design is astounding in the show, too…) I also loved any time there was a beheading- they pulled it off perfectly, and it made the audience giggle every time they’d mask the action and kick away the prop head after— it looked so good! The silly dance sequences were also fun.

What I didn't like

More women brandishing fake penises! Just kidding, two is enough.

My overall impression

Another impressive display of theatricality and spectacle by thIs talented company! There is nothing as thrilling as the clang of real metal on metal, which you get plenty of here— the show is like a way more intimate, more X-rated (yes, definitely X, not R!!) Medieval Times: the battles were incredibly impressive. Heather Schmidt is charming and hilarious as the lead, her small stature creating hilarious contrast with her much larger costars. The ensemble works beautifully together to create a unique adaptation of Marlowe’s work, which otherwise I would have never seen. The show’s soundscape, often created a capella in the room, was particularly striking— gorgeous choral singing along with strong comedic skills and expert level stage combat? Yes please.

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