Shakespeare's Henry V: Outdoor Theater in Chicago's Oak Park
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The last date listed for Henry V was Saturday August 20, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Andrea L
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The venue is lovely, and the staff equally so.
The actor portraying Henry V was excellent in general.
The use of the stage space was good, and the costuming made it pretty clear who was who, in a battle. When you are on a low budget and don't have extravagant costumes, this is very important.
I left at intermission, but not because there weren't those good things I just mentioned to recommend this production. I just found that after having seen a bunch of Shakespeare recently, my attitude towards the male bonding story (also found in the Tanach) continues to tend more and more towards annoyance. No more Shakespeare kings and plots for me for a while. Too many Macbeths, Hamlets and Kings.
The other, practical thing, is that the sound was spotty. With Shakespeare, especially done in accents, you need to be able to hear. I sat right in front of the stage and yet had trouble understanding.
More on the venue...it's really lovely, has good seating and free parking just across the street. The staff of Oak Park Festival Theatre is so good as to provide free insect repellent, although the insects weren't much of a bother.
I recommend this for something to do outside in this hot hot weather...a good place for a picnic.
Quotes & Highlights
- On Sunday, July 24 and August 7, OPFT will present Family Days, with Shakespearian and Medieval fun for the entire family. Starting at 4:30pm on each of these days, there will be crafts, performances, stage combat demonstrations, and other activities relating to the mainstage plays, with a 6:00pm performance of the play, preceded by a kid-friendly synopsis given by one of the characters.
Directed by Kevin Theis
Kevin Theis has directed four previous productions for Festival Theatre – Picnic, Robin Hood, Cyrano de Bergerac, and the touring company's production of Shakespeare: Scenes, Sonnets and Songs. As a performer, he has appeared in a number of OPFT shows, most recently as Frank in Faith Healer, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and George in Of Mice and Men. Other directing credits include last summer's Michigan Shakespeare Festival production of Comedy of Errors, as well as productions at Lifeline Theatre, City Lit, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, CT20 Ensemble, and Seanachai Theatre, where he is an ensemble member. Theis has been nominated for three Joseph Jefferson awards for his directing work.
Theis says about this play: “Henry V remains one of literature's most profound and complex meditations on both the horror and the unfortunate necessity of war. Inspiring, heartbreaking, ruthless, and uplifting, this play showcases everything that a patriot and a warrior can represent."
The cast of 21 is led by Dennis Grimes as King Henry, Belinda Bremner as the Chorus, Aaron Christensen as Pistol, and OPFT artistic director Jack Hickey as Fluellen.
About the Ticket Supplier: Oak Park Festival Theatre
Oak Park Festival Theatre has been presenting Shakespeare and other classic plays under the stars in beautiful Austin gardens since 1975, making them the oldest outdoor professional theatre company in the Midwest devoted to the classics. As of Fall 2010, they also produce shows in fall and spring at The Performance Center on Madison Street in Oak Park. Oak Park Festival Theatre is dedicated to presenting quality productions at a reasonable price, in a relaxed atmosphere just a short distance away from the bustle of Chicago's loop. Join them for an enchanted evening of entertainment.