The two actors who play the queen and Lowenscraft, Milwaukee’s Deborah Staples and Christopher Prentice, who made his professional debut in 1998 at Illinois Shakes, create characters who are both memorable and enticing.

Prentice dives deeply into the internal conflict of Lowenscraft, giving all of us a clear understanding of the war he is fighting with himself. His passionate recounting of his affair with Jack, the Irish soldier, makes you grit your teeth at the explicit and dirty yet beautiful description of the brief fling. He is an actor of immense versatility and presence.

Dave Begel