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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 25 2012

It must be fun to play the deformed, scheming title character of Shakespeare's longest history play. Kevin Theis certainly seems to relish the role in this staging by Oak Park Festival Theatre, and he draws the audience in with his capable, well-paced performance. Other members of director Belinda Bremer's cast aren't quite as comfortable with the material. The sins range from limpid recitation to torrid overacting. Performed on an elaborate outdoor stage in period costume, the production struggles at times to keep all of its plates spinning, even though it's not really trying any new tricks with them. Even abridged, it's a long show at two and a half hours, and it loses some steam after the first act, as Theis has fewer opportunities for the audience asides he does so well. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15-$25

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