Directed by Kevin Moriarty, The Lion in Winter makes it possible to enjoy family dysfunction this holiday season. As written by James Goldman, the treachery that typifies Christmas in the House of Plantagenet under the devious King Henry II, his equally conniving queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three scheming sons might be deplorable. It’s expressed with such relish, however, that deception becomes the family’s defining attribute. Showcasing a wickedly irresistible sense of humor, the holiday intrigue begins when Henry deigns to temporarily release his wife from prison, where she’s been captive for a decade. Naturally enough, the paroled queen is eager to inflict some vengeance against her duplicitous and unfaithful husband. Complicating her cunning machinations are parallel plots launched by not only her sons, but such royal guests as the King of France and his half-sister (who happens to be Henry’s lover). Headlining the ensemble cast, St. Paul native Laila Robins returns to the Guthrie stage after a 13-year absence, while her costar, Broadway veteran Kevyn Morrow, makes his debut. The show is in previews November 19-23.