Richard III: A surreal, bloody and glib adaptation of Shakespeare’s favorite schemer. Richard Clothier brings to Richard, Duke of Gloucester the one element hardest to find: good comic timing. His attempts to charm the widow Anne and to wheedle his way into the crown are played for laughs, even while everyone around him is horrified at his excess. This makes the brutal murders which comprise the plot easier to stomach.
Also some excellent comic turns by the two murderers (Richard Frame, Sam Swainsbury). Projection could have used a little work: some of the words got lost in the eaves as the cast directed their lines to the echoing industrial set. Good use of wood block percussion and chainsaws.