"Medieval Play" challenges fortitude of the audience

“We have a long way to go before this is over, so don’t get too excited,” says St. Catherine of Siena at the beginning of the second act of Kenneth Lonergan’s Medieval Play at the Signature Center in New York. Ben Brantley of the New York Times has a review.

The play is set during the Babylonian Captivity of the papacy in the Hundred Years War and follows "Sir Ralph, a Breton mercenary who feels that sacking villages and murdering innocents by the score don’t jibe with his childhood fantasies of the chivalric ideal" Brantley compares the work to a vintage “Saturday Night Live” sketch that won’t die.