Politics makes for great theater. (Just ask anyone who’s been watching the current presidential debates.) But the machinations of the Republican primary race have nothing on medieval Europe, where James Goldman’s 1966 Broadway hit play The Lion in Winter is set.
This bit of historical fiction takes place during the frosty days of Christmas in 1183. Poor King Henry is trying to decide which of his three sons should become the next king of England. The king wants one son; his imprisoned wife wants another. The third son, unfortunately, has no one’s backing. Throw in an incestuous back story about the king’s mistress, who’s supposed to marry one of his sons, and you start to get a very complicated and troubled political picture.
Anyone who’s witnessed American politics in the past couple of years ought to feel right at home. See The Lion in Winter at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through December 17. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square. For information, call 713-726-1219 or visit www.companyonstage.org. $15.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 18. Continues through Dec. 17, 2011