Friday, February 16, 2007
Henry V @ NWCTC
An elegant, in-the-round staging that feels intimate but not too-close due to well-modulated performances in the Shoebox Theater's cozy space. Commitment, enthusiasm, lack of pretension and love of Shakespeare remain this company's great strengths, while it could open up greater opportunity by paying more attention to diction, vocal support and physicalizing/embodying each character's given circumstances (though the fatigue of battle DOES come through nicely in this show.) Company members who use their instruments particularly well include Daniel Shaw and Richard Reiten. Guest artist Leif Norby tells the story with clarity. Thumbs up.