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Making deadly games of thrones with "The Lion in Winter"

Making deadly games of thrones with "The Lion in Winter"

“Try; you can hear the thinking through the walls,” King Henry II says in the solid-as-a-rock Palm Beach Dramaworks production of “The Lion in Winter” playing through Jan. 5 in West Palm Beach. We almost feel that we can. For this 1966 play by James Goldman (and famously made into a 1968 film with Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole) shows a medieval monarch surrounded by his conniving family during Christmas in 1183. With steely direction by William Hayes, the cast keeps the play a real live wire, with the tension sparking and vibrating for 2 1/2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission. The holidays for the royal Plantagenet family, who ruled England in...

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