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Edward II
monsteralice and I just saw Marlowe's Edward II at the new Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall.

Marlowe was a very powerful and energetic writer. I think "Edward II" stacks up well against mid-grade Shakespeare- there was a lot of energy to the language, but it wasn't quite as lyrical or moving as the Bard at his best. Still, it was exciting, full of blood and thunder- Marlowe seems to have been dab hand at handling rage and fury, if nothing else.

The cast was superb, especially Wallace Acton as Edward II and Andrew Long as Mortimer. It was nice to see Long back at the Shakespeare Theatre; Francelle Steward Dorn also returned for this one. The setting (mostly established by costuming) was early 20th century England, which worked pretty well; I was reminded of the Ian McKellen "Richard III", which isn't necessarily a bad thing... The music also fit the time period- bombastic classical for scene changes, with jazz for the lighter parts.

The new theater is very nice; I think it's a bit bigger than the Landsburgh, but still comes off as almost intimate (at least in this configuration). The lobby is a bit sterile and modernistic, albeit airy- I just wish there was a better view out the windows than the Verizon Center. The catering actually seems to be a better deal than at the Landsburgh- at least the portions were bigger. ;-) Parking is a bit more complicated, but there seems to be enough of it.

We're going to see Marlowe's Tamburlaine in a couple of weeks... can't wait!

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What day are you seeing Tamburlaine? I want to go and have a friend who works there and can get me a free ticket. I'll see if I can get one on the same day as you guys if you want to meet up.

Thursday the 20th - the 8pm show. That would be cool...

Cool. I'll see if I can get a ticket then.

If you can't make it then, the_smith_e and I will be at "Tamburlaine" on Thursday, 12/27, then at "Edward II" the following week, on Thursday, 1/3, we'd be happy to have you join us for either or both, pending your calendar.

Edited at 2007-12-07 06:54 pm (UTC)

Oh excellent!! I'll see if I can get a ticket for Edward II too. My friend was the draper for that show.

Good fun! A good friend of mine from high school has been in DC the last few years doing costume design. He's worked with the folks up at Olney Theater, and has done several (I think) of the productions for Woolly Mammoth. He was semi-kidnapped into the MFA program at U of MD-- which is fine by me, as it means he's tethered to this area for a few more years...

Tamburlaine is on hold because Avery Brook cracked 3 ribs but I did get a ticket for Edward II on 1/3. Maybe we can do dinner before the show or at least meet up.

I'll see what I can do about getting into town at a reasonable hour (first trial run will be on 12/27) with the new commute, to catch dinner beforehand-- he and I usually go to Jaleo. Love, love, love me some tapas!

I'm down with Jaleo. Hopefully the show will be back up on the 27th. They'll make a decision on Friday. I told my friend to let me know when they have a decision and I'll pick a date then.

According to the website http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=111&source=l

and the email I received, the only performances that were scrubbed were Dec. 20 thru 23. The Friday decision will be on whether Avery Brooks will be able to do the remaining performances or it will have to be his understudy.

We had to shift our tix to 12/27...

Le sigh. They had to cancel the performances through the 27th.

As mentioned in another comment, we had to shift our tix to 12/27. Doubt we can get there in time to do Jaleo beforehand, but we'll see you and the_smith_e at the show!

Did you buy the "parking pass" they advertised in the season-ticket materials package? Seems like a decent deal-- and if I'm going to do that, I should look into it before our tickets start up in earnest...

We're seeing both Marlowes right on top of each other in consecutive weeks-- can't wait to see the Harman Hall space, our tickets look pretty good for seating! I'm excited to see Avery Brooks again, too. He was superb in his last WST performance...

Did you buy the "parking pass" they advertised in the season-ticket materials package? Seems like a decent deal-- and if I'm going to do that, I should look into it before our tickets start up in earnest...

Yes. The only hitch is that they don't send them to you. You pick it up the night of the performance- either the passenger runs inside while the driver circles the block, or you get it when you pick up your tix, and the parking attendants refund your money. We opted for the first option, which was more comforting...

Going to call 'em up and order one right now. Good to know, on the details, thanks!

Is that only for season ticket holders or can I scam one?

I think anyone can get them?

Oh cool. can you get me the details? Didn't see anything on the webpage about parking passes.

I may be mistaken-- just found the info card, and it says "Subscribers." But it can't hurt to call and ask-- 202-547-1122, Option 3. Only downside is that they're per show, not for the whole season, which is a bummer. But I pre-ordered mine for all the Harman Hall shows.

Anything reminiscent of McKellen's RIII is a Good Thing (tm).

Interestingly enough, historically rather than strictly literarily
speaking, it's interesting that some of the English "II"s seem to
mirror each other - Edward & Richard in specific.

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