A war veteran once said of his filthy combat experience: “It’s the same mud; they just cart it from war to war.” This time the mud’s at the Battle of Agincourt in the fifteenth century as a ragtag band of English soldiers head once more into the breach. Will (an amiable Kyle Hamman) is a put-upon Irishman looking for a quick end to a dirty war. He convinces mercenary thugs Bardolph (Tom Hickey) and Nym (Carmine Grisolla) to help kidnap King Henry (John Henry Roberts) and sell him to the enemy.
The hard-working ensemble does what it can; the comic timing’s on point, Matt Hawkins’ fight choreography is energetic and funny. But Matt Pepper’s script never really launches, never shows us the stakes the characters face or gives us someone to root for; its end is unsatisfying. The raging conflagration of this battle is more like a weak campfire. (Lisa Buscani)
“St. Crispin’s Day” plays at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, (773)528-9696, through October 31.