HENRY IV, Part 2
From the Playbill - Part Two:
"More than any other of Shakespeare’s works, the Henry IV plays give us a huge spectrum of society. Kings, princes, noblemen, country justices, urban thugs, destitute bumpkins, pox-wracked prostitutes and even the fleas that live in the beds at the Boar’s Head Tavern all make an appearance. Scenes of great pitch and moment alternate with the commonest of activities. Shakespeare’s insatiable appetite for everything, for comedy and drama, for all strata of humanity, for the richness of language, mirrors Falstaff’s great appetite for life.
As one of the few Bay Area theatres that presents plays in repertory, we are able to give you both parts of Henry IV, two plays that have often been melded into one evening of theatre. But in the spirit of dutiful moderation, we have trimmed each play to a manageable two and a half hours. You could say we have a vast appetite for Henry IV. We hope you will share the delight of this feast of words, this cornucopia of character, this grand, sweeping, glorious world."
-- Robert S. Currier and Rob Clare, Director's Notes
What the Critics Said:
“But the fishnet-stockinged wenches that decorate Falstaff’s headquarters at the Boar’s Head Tavern are a nice touch, adding a bit of erotic allure to Hal’s slumming misadventures….There is an electricity to these productions that is irresistible.”
Pam Grady, San Francisco Chronicle