the lion in winter (alais)
By James Goldman
Directed by Steve Murphree
Dean Lescher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California
with Richard Aiello, Jeff Bryant, Bret Hodson, Joseph Hirsch, Eddie Peabody and Gwyneth Richards
"[V]igorously presented by a superb ensemble cast. It’s the outstanding trio of Valley Shakespeare’s summer stars that shine most brightly...Hannah Knapp is once again playing the dutiful adopted daughter with a hopeless love...The exquisitely winning pawn...makes her helpless frustration into a gem of private anguish and public dignity."
"[I]nteresting and highly charged...Knapp plays Alais and is quite excellent at the young sister to King Phillip of France...the words are powerful and intensely personal and the familial forces and duplicitous interplay are riveting."