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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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RICHARD LEVINSON certified reviewer June 15, 2017
This is a lot of theater packed onto a small stage, with strong ensemble performances led by Heather Schmidt as King Edward, some great up-close sword fighting and unexpected medieval chant and part singing. A good deal of humor and uninhibited sex (on which the story substantially turns) add to the spectacle. Highly recommended.... full review
MICHAEL MERRITT certified reviewer June 23, 2017
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.... full review
NIKKI MULLER certified reviewer June 24, 2017
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 comb... full review
TODD PICKERING certified reviewer June 04, 2017
Kara Hume has a spot on French Accent and is delightful as Isabella and Eric Rollins as Mortimer is commanding and strong. Love the clergy message that is difficult in this play! Kudos to director and Mr. Johnson and Alex Elliot-Funk as the Bishop. Really makes sense of this part of show. Amazing curtain call also. If you like some verse you need to see this show.... full review
MATT RITCHEY June 11, 2017
Run, right now, and get a ticket to this. Maybe twice. I'm not surprised by the quality of this show, as everything I've seen the ensemble and production company do in the past has been top-tier, but this one was special - phenomenal acting across the board (and shout out to incredible diction, use of language, and energy!!!), great direction and combat choreography, and an anachronistic slant and major sequence that... yer just gonna have to see for yourself. Standing ovation material. ... full review
JULIA GRISWOLD certified reviewer June 12, 2017
tagged as: sex · drama · Dark Comedy · fight choreography
A script I haven't seen a million times (or ever), talented actors, impressive stage combat, moving vocal arrangements, dazzling costumes, drama, intrigue, and lots and lots of sex!... full review
VIN SINISCALCHI certified reviewer June 15, 2017
Want to feel alive? Sit in the front row! Swords swoosh and ping! An orgy breaks out! 80s music reigns! Anachronism, schmanachronism, you're going to love this. Heads will roll!... full review
A superlative production of a rarely performed classic makes THE FAGGOT KING a must-see.... full review
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

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