Repertory: Tapestry of Violence

Games are the wars of boys, and wars are the games of men. This is the central motif of an arrestingly unorthodox production of Henry V, which opened the American Shakespeare Festival Theater season last week at Stratford, Conn.

Director Michael Kahn puts the sig nature of his determined intent on the play from the outset. An improvisatory prologue serves as a metaphor for the work. In sweatshirts, football jerseys and dungarees, members of the cast drib ble a basketball, wrestle, somersault and shadowbox. Someone pumps back and forth on a child's swing. The seat of that swing...

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