"When you see a company like the American Shakespeare Center present it without layering on any conceptual trappings, you will discover that King John is much more than a Shakespearean also-ran. It is as good a time, if not more so, as many a Hamlet with material as interesting as Macbeth."
"I have always felt, from the first time I read this play 34 years ago through to watching Benjamin Curns’ electric turn in this production, that the Bastard is one of Shakespeare’s greatest creations."
"[Ronald] Peet makes Arthur’s sweetness genuine. As mighty kings and mothers fight over him, Peet’s Arthur stands to the side trembling, and he has real fear driving his earnestness when he pleads for his life. We hang on every one of Peet’s words and lean forward in our seats hoping he succeeds in getting Hubert to melt, which Keegan’s Hubert can’t help doing."
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By Eric Minton. Posted at Shakespeareances.com, 10.4.2012.
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