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The Theater: Old Play Off Broadway, Mar. 14, 1960

Henry IV, Part I is the richest of Shakespeare's chronicle plays, partly for the fire and dash of its impetuous Hotspur, pre-eminently for the titanic verve of its waddling Falstaff. Between the two of them — the one filled with chivalric ideals of honor, the other cynically dismissing honor as mere "air" — stand all manner of men, and of human ambitions and failings and faiths. About equally between them, at the center of the play, stands a youthful Prince Hal, who must grow from being a thoughtless playboy and Falstaff's roistering playfellow into Hotspur's slayer and the eventual victor of...

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