Review On Richard III: Hour of the Tyrant


Mark Hein

Registered Critic


Adapter/ director David MacDowell Blue means to improve on Shakespeare. And he does it.
Trimming characters and scenes, adding material from other Shakespeare plays, he turns a messy history play about a remorseless villain into a clear, focused tragedy (which is what the Bard always labeled it).
Blue's thoughtful, artful revision is a serious candidate for the performing canon. TheatreANON's shoestring production is uneven. But Libby Letlow's intense, riveting performance in the title role is a piece of LA theatre history you don't want to miss. It will warm your memory (and, if you're an actor, keep teaching you) for years.