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  1. Jerry Gallaher

    We really enjoyed King Charles III, but two comments. The incidental music between scenes was way too loud. It was a shock each time. Also, the actor playing Harry delivered his lines in a shouting monotone and with very little variation in cadence.

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  2. Allen Fitzpatrick

    This production is brilliant. It is one of the best we’ve seen in 11 years of attending the Rep. The play itself is fantastic, an extraordinary piece of writing. The production elements, from the sound design to the set to the lighting, are perfect. The acting is uniformly superb, and Robert Joy gives a stellar central performance. An incredibly stimulating and satisfying experience.

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  3. Robin Amadon

    I liked the play but found the energy of the actors a bit subdued as if the “Englishness” overplayed and their energy under-delivered. I think it’s a great play but maybe best read. The playwright is superb–loved his earlier play “Cock” I think this energy will probably improve as the play is performed more and the actors grow more comfortable on this stage to inhabit the parts rather than just speak the lines. Staging in a new Theater post SF probably takes some time to inhabit and become.

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  4. Ben Bryant

    This is a successful play on many levels, and great to see following the success of Raisin in the Sun. SRT seems to be off to a great season, with plays that not only continue to set the bar in Seattle for technical excellence, but also relevance. I really liked the author’s facility with blank verse; the english language naturally lends itself to iambic pentameter (think Shakespeare, and lines that go du Da du Da du Da du Da du Da e.g. “It’s nice to know that this is how it flows”…made that one up, but it’s easy), and Mike Bartlett has enough of blank verse in this play so that the echo of Shakespearian rhythms augments the thematic suggestions that Prince Harry is essentially rediscovering the Shakespearian problem of discovering that a prince responsible for his role as a prince (or King…think Lear) is not allowed to publicly live as an individual, and must renounce his companions (Jessica is this Prince Hal’s Falstaff).
    All that sort of stuff aside, the play is also a good generator of conversation about the dynamic between traditional political hedges against ….difficulty, and what wins out in the end. How does a political structure react to… say the sort of populist mishap that might, say, create a Donald Trump…at play among the fragile lilies of the field.

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  5. Cindy

    There were some WOW moments that I have never before experienced in theater. Great writing!
    I agree, Harry was a bit too loud as was music between scenes as mentioned in previous comment.

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  6. Esther & Dan

    This production was fantastic! The opening music was especially wonderful and all the actors did a superb job. I have often wondered what would happen when the current queen dies and think the outcome will be similar to the ending of the play, but perhaps not so forcefully.

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  7. Marsha

    Really enjoyed the play! So many aspects were thought provoking and relevant to today’s news. The acting was super as usual and the play carried us along. It was easy to get caught up in it. The opening music was very well done and enjoyable. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking an evening of great entertainment.

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  8. Lynne Ingalls

    Great writing; I, too, liked the occasional “Shakespearean” verse. Great sets and lighting. But I have two problems with the production: I wear hearing aids and the sudden loud music between scenes hurt my ears. Removing the hearing aids meant that I missed lots of dialog. That said, neither my husband nor I could hear the actress playing Kate.

    I came away from this production very depressed. The play demonstrates just how quickly a government can be taken over as those holding or wanting power use any means to further their hold on power. I am thinking about our own recent election in the USA of a misogynist bigot and what it may portend.

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  9. Diane G Blake

    I thoroughly enjoyed King Charles III–I liked how it intelligently turned our
    expectations for a post-Elizabeth II world upside down. As usual the acting
    and setting were impeccable. On the down side, I do agree with one of the
    earlier comments about the loud music between scenes–I have seen this
    in a few other plays and it seems that the theater doesn’t trust the audience
    to understand the development of the play or do they want to make sure we
    are still awake?? Still, a solid production–worth recommending to friends
    and family.

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  10. Robert M. Post

    I liked it, but not as much as some of the reviewers seemed to. I’m just over 80 years old and am beginning to have a bit of trouble hearing some people and some things. BUT I DID NOT HAVE ANY TROUBLE HEARING THE MUSIC BETWEEN SCENES. Why in the world was it so loud???

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  11. Joan

    A friend and I attended yesterday. We both enjoyed the play and it provoked our conversation for much of the remainder of the evening. However (and this is a big one), we both wanted to use the hearing devices available to patrons. She was able to get the last one (I deferred to her because her hearing is much more impaired than mine). We were told all 30 devices were being used at that point and there was a lineup of elders waiting their turns to be told the same bad news.
    I totally agree with comments about the paltry projection of many of the cast (Catherine, Jessica, all the time; and both Harry and Charles a lot of the time). I’d love an opportunity to read the script to find out what all I missed in the dialog. All that said, it was a gripping story line, and the set was truly grand and the lighting was very effective. Costumes in the last scene were elegant.

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  12. 12/07 performance. Had a great experience changing ticket dates with the box office and very much appreciate the location.
    With Charles having a bit of a lisp projection is an issue and at times I did miss a few lines when there was something competing with his character.
    Great story well told. Loved the Set.
    Thanks for doing what you do.

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