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Richard III Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 29 2013

Set in the rough confines of a 1970s Pittsburgh biker bar, this heavily atmospheric production benefits from the most badass classic-rock soundtrack ever to grace one of Shakespeare's history plays. Recasting the "rudely stamp'd" Duke of York's ascent to the throne as an outlaw biker's intragang power struggle, Wayward Productions gets a delicious opportunity to lay bare the universal savagery of court politics. But, unlike a battle for the crown of England, there's little sense here that events onstage affect anyone off of it. The drama loses much of its sweep. Directing himself, Carlo Lorenzo Garcia treats Richard's wily asides with the same drunken braggadocio as his dialogue, a critical blow to the aristocrat's sympathetic potential. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15-20


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