To be honest, I didn't know that Shakespeare had written a play about King John until I started this year-long reading of his work. After reading the play, I can say I might know why I haven't. It isn't that it's a bad piece, it's just disjointed. The plot is a meandering of events with the titular character sometimes not even at the center or central to what was happening. There were several interesting moments and characters, though the Bastard is a bit confusing in his alignment along the protagonist/antagonist line. Overall, the play was average and sadly that might be the best that could be said about it.
2 1/2 STARS