On paper, Shakespeare is all about the language and grappling with the text. But on stage, Shakespeare is a whole new ballgame: Through the actors’ craft, costumes and lights, the words are brought to life.
The first step to playing a character is taking a walk in his shoes and understanding his personality. Jonathan Majors took no such walk — he already found it hard to separate himself from the king.
One particularly compelling throughline in Shakespeare’s history plays is the maturation of Henry V. When does he morph from the prank-loving, bawdy-house-frequenting Prince Hal into the sage, shrewd, continent-conquering King Henry? Judging from Evan Cabnet’s crisp but thematically questionable production of Henry V, featuring all 13 members of this year’s acting Chautauqua Theater Company Conservatory, that crucial day has yet to arrive.
The Chautauqua Theater Company is soon to take its last curtain call. With the third and final mainstage production of the 2015 season opening Saturday, CTC is ready to unwrap its parting gift for the Chautauquans: the Bard’s Henry V.
NAME | Staff Photographer Actress Audrey Corsa gestures to other actors. The show opens 2:15 p.m. Saturday in Bratton Theater….