A royal dreamer, a calculating composer and castles in the air make for enchanting storytelling in Calgary writer-performer Kyall Rakoz’s inspired take on the life and sudden death of Bavaria’s King Ludwig II.
A white sheet, paper swans and a few shadow puppets are all Rakoz needs to bring the 60-minute dramedy to vivid life. Playing multiple characters, he recounts the story of Ludwig’s lonely childhood and reign from several perspectives. Characters disagree on questions surrounding the "mad king’s" sanity and sexuality, but it seems his love for Richard Wagner and his opera Lohengrin sealed his fate. A soulful, saucy mystery for the ages, this one hits the sweet spot.
— Pat St. Germain