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No Beast So Fierce Free The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 8 2015

Max Truax’s nasty, brutish, and short version of Shakespeare's Richard III (it's 80 minutes without intermission) is packed with poetic speeches, court intrigues, and murder most foul. Yet for all its crazy intensity, this Oracle Theatre production, also directed by Truax, lacks urgency. Lines are well enunciated, but delivered in a flat style that's soporific. And though Truax’s decision to cast the cool, statuesque Katherine Keberlein in the role of twisted, seething Richard is interesting, he never manages to justify the choice or even use it to reflect on gender politics. In the end, I found myself enjoying Joanna Iwanicka’s intriguing set and Joan Pritchard’s inspired costumes (some period, some modern) much more than the actual play. —Jack Helbig

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