Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Standout work fills stunning 'Edward II'.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Ann L. Ryan For the Journal

* Setting the play in the 21st century puts an interesting spin on Marlowe's juicy story

Shakespeare's contemporaries get short shrift here in the states, so it's a real treat to have a production of Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II" at Riverside Theater, produced by The American Shakespeare Project.

And what a production. It's stunningly good, with one flaw: blackouts between scenes that last longer than the scenes themselves. And for what? In one blackout a roll of yellow vinyl was laid out. Next blackout, it was rolled back up. What was the intention there?

Because of these stops and starts, the play didn't build as it should have at Friday's opening night performance, and the brilliant work done in the scenes deserves better. …

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