The traditional picture of Shakespeare's Richard II is of a spoiled, whining slacker. But director Alan Paul portrays him as a better man after he loses the crown, suggesting the ease with which power can corrupt those not mindful of their humanity. The mostly young actors of the Apex Theatre Company acquit themselves admirably, their technique surpassing classroom-classics treatments. But Thomas Dixon's synthesizer-heavy incidental music is a jarringly inflated element in a story extolling the virtues of humility. --Mary Shen Barnidge a Through 8/4: Thu-Sat 7 PM, Sun 3 PM, Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252, $15-$20.