I won't bore you with the details of the play, nor do I want to discourage anyone from seeing it. I will say that this play is full of intrigue, conniving, violence, etc. Basically a great Shakespearean history. I will also clue you in on an opening that can't be missed: The play began with a super clever opening sequence with a Rose Wars scroll (Think Star Wars, complete with music).
Rene Thornton, Jr. reprising his role as Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, is fantastic. John Harrell is excellent as the conniving Bishop of Winchester, and his pre-show routine is not to be missed. Sarah Fallon turns in another great and powerful performance as the young but strong Queen Margaret d'Anjou. Daniel Kennedy is terrific as the demented and delusional Jack Cade, and Ben Curns gives us a glimpse at one of Shakespeare's most diabolical characters, young Richard Plantagenet (later Richard III). Curns' killing of Bob Jones' Duke of Somerset is an impressive physical performance. Gregory John Phelps also turns in an impressive performance as Suffolk, Margaret's good (ahem) friend.
There is still time to catch the last few performances of Henry VI, Pt. II at the ASC. I highly recommend doing so, you will be glad you did.
Allison Glenzer as Duchess Eleanor of Gloucester in Henry VI, Part Two. Photo by Tommy Thompson.