See it if you like classics reimagined (and, frankly, rewritten) in innovative, poetic ways. If you want to see a contemporary take on Richard III.
Don't see it if you're a purist or want Shakespeare's words. This isn't an adaptation, it's a reinvention, but it's entertaining, insightful & relevant.
"This production is more adept overall at conveying the play’s humor than its heft: the waste of innocent lives in service of vain rulers, the need for vigilance against the resurgence of the vanquished...Dance, a regular feature of Classical Theater of Harlem productions, is used here to extraordinary effect."
"Director Carl Cofield knocks that message out of the park in a smart, razor-sharp production that surprisingly delivers as many laughs as gasps, thanks to its stellar cast...Cofield keeps the action moving at a steady clip with short, well-paced scenes separated by interludes featuring five dancers whose movements often provide elegant, chorus-like commentary on the action."
"For a play that straddles two eras, Power has devised a distinctive language, combining a modern vocabulary with Elizabethan cadences; it's a strategy that proves highly effective...We so rarely get such vigorous, contemporary poetry, so well-suited to the demands of drama, that this alone makes 'Seize the King' worth your attention."
Power’s use of street vernacular doesn’t bother me..What’s harder for me to accept is Power’s replacing Shakespeare’s verses with his own poetry that is just as dense and convoluted...My objection, however, dissolves...thanks to CTH's glorious production..(especially the) five dancers whose interludes are what in particular make “Seize the King” feel wondrous.