The Last Wife

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Reviews: 4

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The Last Wife moves the story of King Henry VIII and his final wife, the wealthy widow Katherine Parr, to the 21st Century in this fascinating what-if imagining of The Tudors. Katherine Parr actively plays a role in being the stepmother to Henry's three surviving children, Edward, Mary and Bess. Edward is the Heir Apparent, but Katherine acts to have Mary and Bess added to the line of succession, advancing their status as women of royal privilege. Henry also makes her Queen Regent when he goes off to war. Katherine's marriage to Henry interrupts her ongoing affair with nobleman and soldier Edward Seymour. Given Henry's track record with wives, will Katherine's head remain upon her shoulders?

Reviews

Carol Kaufman Segal

Long-time Artistic Director of the MET Theatre, L. Flint Esquerra, directs an outstanding cast in this fine production.

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Shari Barrett

In Canadian playwright Kate Hennig's play THE LAST WIFE, now playing at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, Review: Katherine Parr, THE LAST WIFE of King Henry VIII, Revealed as an Early Supporter of Women's Equalitywe are taken inside a fascinating what-if imagining of the Tudors in the 21st Century, centering on the story of King Henry VIII and his final wife, the wealthy widow Katherine Parr. Directed with clarity by Flint Esquerra, longtime artistic director of the MET Theatre, the play centers on Parr's royal life as she actively plays a role in being the stepmother and educational guide to Henry's three surviving children, Edward, Mary and Bess.

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L. Flint Esquerra directs this show that moves in a well paced fashion, in spite of the fact that its running time is two hours and twenty minutes, including intermission. However, one will receive their money's worth as this play shows the emotional strength of the women roles in terms of power and respect–something that was missing during this period of time.

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

With material as strong as Kate Hennig's script and a leading lady as mesmerizing as Olivia Saccomanno, The Last Wife has the potential to be one of Theatre 40's best. On Opening Night, at least, that potential remained not yet realized.

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

Long-time Artistic Director of the MET Theatre, L. Flint Esquerra, directs an outstanding cast in this fine production.

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

In Canadian playwright Kate Hennig's play THE LAST WIFE, now playing at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, Review: Katherine Parr, THE LAST WIFE of King Henry VIII, Revealed as an Early Supporter of Women's Equalitywe are taken inside a fascinating what-if imagining of the Tudors in the 21st Century, centering on the story of King Henry VIII and his final wife, the wealthy widow Katherine Parr. Directed with clarity by Flint Esquerra, longtime artistic director of the MET Theatre, the play centers on Parr's royal life as she actively plays a role in being the stepmother and educational guide to Henry's three surviving children, Edward, Mary and Bess.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


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L. Flint Esquerra directs this show that moves in a well paced fashion, in spite of the fact that its running time is two hours and twenty minutes, including intermission. However, one will receive their money's worth as this play shows the emotional strength of the women roles in terms of power and respect–something that was missing during this period of time.

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

With material as strong as Kate Hennig's script and a leading lady as mesmerizing as Olivia Saccomanno, The Last Wife has the potential to be one of Theatre 40's best. On Opening Night, at least, that potential remained not yet realized.

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review