Never too late to roar
The summer brings a surge of “costume” shows located in the misty past. The Lion in Winter—written in the 1960s, set in 1183—is technically a comedy, but with scalding humor and a deep understanding of the dark side of royal power. Aging King Henry and his imprisoned Queen Eleanor engage in endless, complex manipulation over which of their sons will inherit the crown. Professional Richard Winters, with a mane of gray hair, is a determined, resourceful Henry; another pro, Karen Leigh Sharp (also co-director/producer) plays Eleanor, cast aside but still pulling strings. The supporting cast is capable in this well-mounted show.
The Lion in Winter plays at the Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St. in Grass Valley; 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $18-$25. (530) 274 8384; www.thecenterforthearts.org. Through July 25.