The Player King
The name John Wilkes Booth isn't likely to be forgotten, but many are unaware that the infamous assassin was part of an accomplished family of actors. In this solo show, Darin Dahms brings the Booth clan to life. Drawing on historical and biographical material, Dahms constructs what is mostly a commanding portrait of the Booths. It touches on the drunken, tormented theatrical genius of patriarch Junius Brutus; his problematic, strained relationship with second son Edwin -- who at age 13 traveled with his father as a caretaker -- and the dissolute, and fatefully disillusioned, John, whose final performance in the theater was his most memorable. One of the more gripping segments of the show, and the most dynamically scripted, tells of the day of Lincoln's assassination, and the dark, chaotic aftermath. Dahms is a talented, engaging performer, and he's at his best when channeling these characters or delivering one of many splendid soliloquies from the Bard's more famous works (King Lear, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet). His performance more than offsets a script that tends to flit about and needs greater coherency and context. The Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hlwyd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Nov. 2. (800) 838-3006, brownpapertickets.com/event/464197.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 27. Continues through Nov. 2, 2013
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