Bitingly funny and heartbreaking plot unravels the audience

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theatre review – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Lion in Winter

“I hope we never die. Do you suppose there’s any chance of it?” The audience cannot help but echo Henry II’s wish by the end of this dazzling play. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter, directed by Paul Mullins, is at turns bitingly funny and heartbreaking as it navigates the plotting and maneuvering of a family who loves and hates power as much as they love and hate each other.