Midlantic Theatre Company
HENRY VI: An Experiment
12 Scenes by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
CHANELLE BENZ – DAVID PALMER BROWN – GERALD GLACKIN
RODNEY HAKIM – SUSAN McCALLUM
Walkerspace, 46 Walker St., NYC
May 1 through 10, 2008
Costume Design SUMMER LEE JACK
Lighting Design JESSICA GREENBERG
Composer/Sound Design HARRIS BOYLE
Fight Choreography JORDAN REEVES
Publicity SCOTTI RHODES
David Palmer Brown – Josh Thelin – Tom Cox – Larry Weeks
Joe Hamel – Dylan Bluestone – Karl Hanover
Jordan Reeves – Virginia Hammer – Suzanne Hayes
Dan Burkarth – Ben Pologe – Chanelle Benz
HENRY VI: An Experiment is Midlantic Theatre Company’s inaugural production, and it is a curious and ambitious selection. A "distillation" of three of Shakespeare’s plays down to 12 acts staged over about an hour and a half, this may just be the Bard for the attention deficit disorder generation.
As experiments go, HENRY VI is successful in keeping the action moving, though I am not sure that anyone unfamiliar with the overall plots of the components of the trilogy will exit the theater clear about what all has unfolded. A great deal of history, political and personal machinations pass amongst the scenes of the three parts of HENRY VI, but few are significantly enough portrayed here to make a lasting or appropriate impression.
HENRY VI: An Experiment is a bare-bones style production with few props, set pieces or notable costumes. The acting ranges from passable to good, but overall I look forward to seeing what else this group has to offer.
- Kessa De Santis -