Richard the Third

There were no disappointments with this production! It was almost perfect- great staging, great costumes, sound and lighting.

Seanna McKenna was perfect as Richard- amoral and funny and evil. Her many asides to the audience -both oral and physical were always spot on. It is amazing what she can convey in a glance or by raising an eyebrow. She maintained the physical characteristics of Richard flawlessly, scuttling around like a beetle from one plot to the next. Definitely a standing ovation performance!

Martha Henry delivered Queen Margaret’s curses brilliantly – totally in control, never over the top and deliciously nasty. I am inspired to memorize that speech just for the fun of thinking about who I might deliver it to.

The one weak character was David Ferry as Edward IV. The production added a scene at the beginning celebrating his coronation, but it seemed like a dumb show, largely because of the way he was made up and his strange behavior. It was a relief to hear the usual first line.

Sean Arbuckle was delightfully evil as Catesby and Shane Carty was amusing as the Lord Mayor of London. Yanna McIntosh gave a strong performance as did Bethany Jillard as Lady Anne.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Richard the Third

  1. Keith says:

    It's a great production.But the opening with players-type show is a disappointment; an unnecessary mistake and even more so is the decision to carry Edward's mechanical style dress and accent into the play proper. He is totally out of sync with everyone else. Two things that would be easy to fix, I wonder if it'll be tidied up when it comes out of previews?That said, everything else was excellent. Particularly amazing was Seanna McKenna's ability to maintain such intimate collusion with the audience in the space – you do not miss the gestures or comments, but they seem directed to you personally, never broadcast. McKenna deserves a standing ovation now; get rid of the superfluous opening and fix Ferry's performance in the play proper and the whole thing deserves one.

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