New company Anon It Moves takes an extra-physical approach to Shakespeare. Claiming to stage the Bard's work in a way that foregrounds human movement, director Erica Terpening-Romeo provides a warning in The Fifth
’s program: “What you are about to see is not Henry V
.” Don’t be fooled, though, The Fifth
certainly is Henry V
. The show sticks to Shakespeare’s tale of the newly crowned King Henry (Glenn McCumber) leading his troops to improbable victories against the French. Despite the somewhat misleading disclaimer, the play is a good fit for the company’s distinctive approach. This abridged adaptation flourishes in athletic battle scenes, as when actors congregate behind a white screen, their choreographed movements evoking the cocky French army being overthrown by underdog England. At another point, as Henry travels to sea, members of the chorus become the silhouette of a ship. Such moments of combat and travel are exciting, but The Fifth
sags in scenes without choreographed action and stumbles during long bouts of dialogue delivered in thick French accents. That said, the amazing shadow puppets almost make up for these shortcomings.
The Back Door TheaterAddress:
4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd.Website: anonitmoves.org