Richard III

Jan. 28—March 16 $30–$72
Folger Elizabethan Theatre
201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC
(202) 544-7077
A Richard III is only as good as its eponymous rudely stamp’d, deform’d, unfinish’d cripple, and on that score at least, Folger Theatre’s new production has struck it rich. Drew Cortese is the man with the limp. He’s as raptorial in this as he was raw in that, wooing the audience as efficiently as he woos Lady Anne, whose father and husband he’s slain before the play even begins. Richard must turn on a pence from undisguised megalomania to lovelorn humility. Cortese glides through these shifts like an eel through muddy water. He’s so good you feel impatient during the handful of scenes he’s not in. This is a strong revival of a difficult play, one that brings every advantage to the battlefield except surprise. That Cortese is one charming devil. But he’s still the devil we know. [CK]

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201 E. Capitol St. SE
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201 E. Capitol St. SE
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201 E. Capitol St. SE

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