Thursday, December 8, 2016

"Lion in Winter" - Do Yourself a Favor and Add it to Your Christmas To-Do List


Alan Stanford as Henry II and Cary Ann Spear as Eleanor of Aquitaine Credit: Courtesy Photo 

Who remembers the 1968 film "Lion in Winter" with Katherine Hepburn? I did and went to see a staged version last evening that proved a great Christmas gift to myself. Now at the Union Project on Negley in Pittsburgh, this PICT production is extremely polished and well acted and directed. I loved every moment of this witty, comic historical look at the life and times of Henry II and his Machiavellian family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day no less. Cary Anne Spear is a magnificent Eleanor, an equal match for the  crafty king, played regally by Alan Stanford, whose bark proves to be more than his bite.  I'd highly recommend this Plantagenet romp as part of your holiday enjoyment. To fully enjoy the production, you might want to brush up on your English history a bit. Just Google Henry Plantagenet and dive into the past. Then head over to the Union Project for an evening of great theater. You have until December 17 to catch one of the remaining shows. Phone 412-561-6000.

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