The Theater: Old Play Off Broadway, may 2, 1960

Henry IV, Part II follows Part I into the Phoenix Theater with much the same general success. It is far less often performed than what is popularly regarded as its better half, but it ill deserves neglect. Beyond its own rich claim to recognition, it forms with Part I something vastly and variedly Shakespearean. The two Parts, moreover, are in organic relationship and poignant contrast. And though there is considerably less history in Part II, there is actually more history in the making.

Falstaff very much holds the stage here, now in witty talk of this or that, now in tavern...

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