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Richard III (Smith Street Stage)

Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great staging, Delightful

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Smith Street Stage presents a free, outdoor, modern-dress production of Shakespeare's celebrated play, the story of Richard III's ruthless rise and swift fall.

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'Richard III' tells the story of a country in turmoil and a madman lusting for power. As the ruthless and charismatic Richard claws his way to the throne, a nation is forced to the breaking point in this chilling tale of a tyrant, his enablers, and those who attempt to resist.


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85
Theater Pizzazz

"A superb production of the complex, speech-heavy and violent Shakespeare classic...The production is underscored by unexpectedly terrific performances from multiple cast members who demonstrate not mere facility, but command of Shakespeare’s language, such as one might expect on a professional stage...The women of this performance were especially powerful...Director Jonathan Hopkins and the entire Smith Street Stage company are to be commended for this production." Full Review

70
New York Theatre Review

"The major accomplishment of this production is proving that a free show outdoors doesn’t have to mean a second-rate production...The acting is solid across the board...A lack of characterization plagues this interpretation...While the show was well-produced, it oftentimes felt more like a family-friendly version outside of the realities of the world rather than an impassioned depiction of one of the greatest stories of political corruption in the English canon." Full Review

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84
Engaging, Diabolical, Aurally thrilling, Excellent cutting, Michael hanson = richard 3

See it if excellently presented & trimmed Richard3, great outdoors in Brooklyn, free, echoes of Drumpf & Obama & country in crisis are to your liking

Don't see it if can't abide Shakespeare, political lessons, city noise & screaming children, helicopters & garbage Trucks soundbombing metal folding chairs

80
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like Shakespeare, you like cheap but really good theatre, you want to have dinner while watching a show, you like outdoor theatre

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, you don't like the outdoors

Also This is a really fun and short version of Richard III. The actors are ... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Outdoors

See it if You love great free Shakespeare! Smith Street Stage reliably produces wonderful productions, and Richard III was no exception.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Shakespeare.

85
Great acting, Great staging

See it if A well-acted play that rose to the challenged of being performed on a park blacktop. The trims in the play were mostly well-chosen.

Don't see it if You need every word of a Shakespeare play performed or have a problem with female actors in parts such as Prince Edward and Richmond.

Also Smith Street Theatre's production of RIchard III is done in Carroll Pa... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like Shakespeare, free shows and solid productions

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare or are expecting something flashy


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