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Theatre: 'Henry IV: Part II'

"Henry IV: Part II" is the coming-of-age story of Prince Hal and is therefore driven more by character than plot. Perhaps that is why the play can be summed up equally by the patron snoring in the seventh row and the other laughing throughout the play in the sixth row: The dialogue is witty but there is no real action.

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Festival of France affair flops

The Kennedy Center, as part of a special two-month "Festival of France," presents the American debut of "Les Sublimes" by Compagnie Hendrick van der Zee. With Guy Alloucherie as the artistic director, and person whose life the narrative is based on, this French production unintentionally raises an important question: How experimental can a show get before it no longer is art? After enduring "Les Sublimes," the answer to that question is quite a lot.

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'Henry IV' receives the royal treatment

In review of "Henry IV: Part I," the question that should be asked is not whether it is a good production, but rather, has the Shakespeare Theatre ever put on a bad play? As usual the cast, staging and costumes are of the highest caliber, and the play could run on Broadway.

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