King’s Excels at “Henry V”: Shakespeare Would Agree
Some productions of “Henry V” would cause Shakespeare to roll over in his grave. However, when King’s put on the play, the bard was most likely having a fiesta in his wormy tomb. The cast and crew put together a stellar production at the George P, Maffei II Theatre that was interesting and exciting.
“Henry V” was directed by Dave Reynolds and featured an excellent cast and crew. Junior Kyle McCormack starred as the title character. He showed incredible range as he partook in both comedic and dramatic scenes. Another standout performance was given from junior A.J. Krier, who starred as Welshman, Fluellen. Similarly to McCormack, he flexed both his comedic and dramatic muscles. The other actors were beautiful accompaniments to stars of the show, McCormack and Krier. The crew also did a wonderful job with scene, lighting and costume design.
One of the toughest things to tackle in “Henry V” is the chorus. The chorus moves the action of the play along and transports the audience through the various settings in the play. Normally, the chorus is portrayed by a group of actors. However, King’s chose to have one single individual, junior Betty Montgomery, act as the chorus. She came on the stage, dressed in contemporary clothes, talking to people in the audience as if she was one of their friends. It was interesting that she was dressed contemporarily. She was like a wise being that could see all and was cautiously telling the audience the story of King Henry V. Most importantly, she was relatable and I think it worked incredibly well.
The best and worst aspect of the performance was the accents. Many actors tackled the task of pursuing an accent for the entire play. McCormack turned into an Englishman while Krier became Welsh. As they were playing French nobility, actors Brandi George, Cara Medwick, Amanda Kotch and Karley Stasko, spoke in beautiful accents that could have transported me to Paris. My only issue with the accents was that some actors spoke in their normal, American voice. I understand that certain people can simply not do accents, myself being one of them. However, it was bit jarring to hear the amazing accents of some of the actors intermixed with the American accents of others. It transported me out of France or England and took me back to the theatre.
“Henry V” was a play about power, friendship and appearances. Despite being set in a time of yore, the production still felt fresh because of these contemporary themes. The gender-blind cast was incredible. The crew executed a beautiful production. Being King’s last production of the season, the cast and crew decided to go out with a bang.