Queen Margaret | Ingraham Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 28 2016
Mark Van Doren once called the three parts of Henry VI a “massive and masculine performance.” Queen Margaret is Henry VI made less massive and less masculine, a brief, spirited adaptation for Muse of Fire that highlights the arc of one female character, Margaret of Anjou (Annelise Dickinson). It’s an intriguing exercise. The Bard himself later mocked his style here—the young Shakespeare had wandered out of his depth, and only survived his overwrought speeches and clanging, leaden lines by being a kind of genius. Playwright and codirector Jemma Alix Levy has chiseled away a redaction that retains everything said by Margaret while throwing in some relevant bits from Richard III. Dickinson’s performance is dynamic and heartfelt. Still, even with the drastic cuts—Levy deletes Joan of Arc entirely—Margaret is nullified onstage by the advent of Richard (Jon Beal), the deformed human wrecking ball. —Max Maller


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