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  Elizabeth Rex at Oak Park Festival Theatre

Elizabeth Rex

Oak Park Festival Theatre
157 Forest Avenue Oak Park

The Earl of Essex, Elizabeth I's favorite and her rumored lover, has been found guilty of treason and is scheduled to be executed in the morning. Seeking distraction, the troubled queen visits the stables where Shakespeare and his players are lodged for the night after a court performance of Much Ado About Nothing. Here she meets Ned, the man who plays Shakespeare's greatest leading ladies, and a force who might prove to be a greater danger to her than Essex ever was. As more than one life hangs in the balance before the dawn, Elizabeth wrestles with the duality of her nature. Can she ever truly be a woman and rule England as a prince? Must she always deny her emotions and her very essence to keep and protect her country?

Thru - Jul 21, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 7:00pm

Price: $15 - $35

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 708-445-4440

  Elizabeth Rex Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...The second act is decidedly stronger here — the talky nature of Findley’s script takes on darker hues and higher stakes, and the dynamic between Ned and Elizabeth becomes richer and more urgent. For fans of Shakespearean lore — real and fanciful — “Elizabeth Rex” provides a sometimes-stirring portrait of the monarch letting her hair down (literally, at one point) and pondering the price of being a woman alone with vast power, where the only truthteller she can find is a broken, but defiant, man on the brink of his own demise."
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Kerry Reid

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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