The Washington Post

‘Saint Joan’ at Folger


Four actors do the work of five times as many in Bedlam theater’s splendid “Saint Joan.” And darned if the results don’t quintuple the dramatic resonance, too, of George Bernard Shaw’s drama of a spiritual determinat­ion so relentless that it rattles the confidence of a hypocritic­al medieval European church and aristocrac­y. Bedlam’s artistic chief, Eric Tucker, casts a quartet of actors in a sprawling play that has slots for as many as 27. The current Broadway revival starring Condola Rashad features 19. If I were to see this “Saint Joan” again, I’d request one of the seats on the stage reserved for 20 or so fortunate theatergoe­rs. Through June 10 at Folger Theatre. — P.M.

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