RICHARD III Review

RICHARD III presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company through March 11. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening night performance.

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Billy Chace as Richard III (Kyle Brumley and Geoffrey Warren Barnes in the background). Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Congratulations to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company! With the opening of RICHARD III, CSC becomes only the second theater company in the United States to complete Shakespeare’s entire history cycle in chronological order.

Billy Chace is exceptional as Richard, Duke of Gloucester who manipulates (and murders) his way to the throne through friend and foe to become King Richard III. Chace plays the role with great humor and zeal, giving us a King who is fully aware of his misdeeds and unapologetic in his quest for the crown.

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Aiden Sims as Lady Anne and Billy Chace as Richard III. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Director Brian Isaac Phillips again keeps the action focused and brisk. The ensemble, across the board, was excellent, giving the production great energy and scope. Favorite scenes included Lady Anne’s (Aiden Sims) confrontation with Richard over the dead body of Henry VI, the grief-stricken, half-mad, curse-flinging Queen Margaret (Kelly Mengelkoch), and Queen Elizabeth (Sara Clark) going nose to nose with Richard after the death of her children.

The haunting dream shared by Richard and Henry, Earl of Richmond, was visually striking and appropriately creepy. The special stage effect added a unique element to the final battle between their forces.

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Sara Clark as Queen Elizabeth and Billy Chace as Richard III. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Overall, a perfect and immensely satisfying conclusion to CSC’s four-year epic endeavor. Bravo!

My rating: 5 out of 5

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