The Winter's Tale

May 9—June 23 $55–$95
Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th St. NW, Washington, DC
(202) 547-1122
The rich and curious harmonics of The Winter’s Tale get careful consideration in Rebecca Taichman’s elegant rendition. It’s a tight ensemble piece—just nine actors in this minimalist staging, a severity echoed in the production’s clean-lined design—that paces out the courtly measures of Act 1’s romantic tragedy with a commendable stateliness, blooms into apt silliness for the play’s summery middle passage, then gathers its dignity as the action returns to the scene of a king’s crimes for reckoning and redemption. And the play’s great coup—the reunion of a penitent king and a wronged queen who may be returning to her husband from more than a strictly temporal distance—is accomplished here with no end of grace and no apology for the scene’s ambiguity. (TG)

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