The Last Wife
at Main Street Theater. Rutherford “Ruddy” Cravens (you may have seen him recently playing a racist in Jordan Peele’s movie Get Out
) plays Henry. “He’s a formerly vital, energetic man at the end of his days hanging on,” says Cravens. “He’s losing confidence in his powers but determined to stay in charge, to stay on top.” As for whether he really loves his young wife, Cravens says: “I think as far as he is capable, he really loves her but he’s a pretty damaged human being.” There’s intrigue aplenty as Kate Parr (played by Lisa Villegas) has endangered herself with secret meetings with Thom, Henry’s former brother-in-law. She battles Henry to make sure his daughters are educated and have rights — much as the original Katherine Parr did on behalf of the future Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I.
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. July 15 through August 13. Main Street Theater. For information, call 713-524-6706 or visit mainstreettheater.com
. $36 to $43.
Katherine Parr was the only one of King Henry VIII’s six wives to stay with him till the end — his end, since she survived him. Canadian playwright Kate Henning has re-imagined that history (and made it a bit funnier), setting it in contemporary times in the regional premiere of