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Richard II 

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A program note says that Actors Revolution Theatre aims to emphasize text and character work above all else. In choosing to produce Richard II, the young company has picked a play highly amenable to this treatment. Eschewing battle scenes and complicated plots, Shakespeare concentrates primarily on language and the character development of King Richard, a kind of proto-Hamlet given to loquacity, melancholy, and inertia. The cast's work in Robert G. Anderson's modern-dress production yields mixed results. Jeff Radue's mostly playful take on the declining monarch helps him capture the king's foolishness and ineptitude, but at times it keeps Richard's very real grief at a remove. Consequently, the king never quite feels fully inhabited. Through 8/13: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan, 773-209-5694, $15-$20.

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