Henry V | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 2 2012
Price: $12-$22
Henry V is the Shakespeare play that starts with a famous speech in which "Chorus" asks us audience members to use our imaginations and turn the "wooden O" of the theater into a battlefield. For a moment at the beginning of this Promethean Theatre Ensemble production I thought director Brian Pastor had decided to take that speech as a challenge and give us the whole of Henry's bloody campaign against the French in a stripped-down, black-box format. Well, he does, kind of. But in lieu of elaborate sets and costumes, Pastor takes a bunch of photographic images depicting 20th-century wars and projects them on an upstage wall in a steady stream. Some of the images are fascinating, some are disturbing. But their overall effect is to reduce the play rather than to make it resonate. It becomes little more than an equation: past war = modern ones. Still, there are a few sharp moments, especially when Catherine Gillespie is onstage as Princess Katherine of France. —Tony Adler


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