“With An Incomparable Cast,” STNJ’s ‘LION IN WINTER’ Wins Best Comedy of 2010

Sean Hudock, Sherman Howard in THE LION IN WINTER. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

William Westhoven, theater columnist for the Daily Record, has named The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s critically acclaimed hit production of James Goldman’s THE LION IN WINTER, the ‘BEST COMEDY of 2010.’ Click here for his selections for 2010.

“Best Comedy: ‘The Lion in Winter’ at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey…with an incomparable cast and James Goldman’s deliciously tart dialogue, ‘Winter’ gets the nod.”

left to right: Colby Chambers, Devin Norik, Sean Hudock, Lisa Harrow in THE LION IN WINTER. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

In addition, Westhoven has singled out Sherman Howard and Lisa Harrow as 2010′s ‘Best Bad Boy’ and ‘Best Bad Girl’ respectively, for their lauded performances as Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine:

You could argue that Sherman Howard’s performance as King Henry II in ‘The Lion in Winter’ is worthy of Best Comedic Actor. But traditionally, this is among the most coveted of Daily Awards. Ditto for Lisa Harrow, who as Eleanor of Aquitaine gave as good as she got from hubby Henry in ‘The Lion in Winter.’

Westhoven’s ‘Daily Award’ winners for 2010 include noteworthy productions selected from “the five resident Equity professional theaters (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Bickford Theatre, Playwrights Theatre, Growing Stage and Women’s Theater Company)…along with neighboring Centenary Stage Company and Paper Mill Playhouse.”

Tom Pelphrey, Colby Chambers, Sherman Howard, Sean Hudock, Devin Norik in THE LION IN WINTER. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

THE LION IN WINTER was presented as part of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 2010 Main Stage season under the “compelling direction” (Curtain Up) of Paul Mullins. The cast featured Lisa Harrow as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Sherman Howard as King Henry II, Tom Pelphrey as Richard Lionheart, Colby Chambers as John, Devin Norik as Geoffrey, Laura Campbell as Alais Capet and Sean Hudock as King Philip II. THE LION IN WINTER was Stage Managed by Kathy Snyder and featured set design by Michael Schweikardt, lighting design by Michael Giannitti, costume design by Hugh Hanson, and sound design by Rich Dionne.