Richard III | Underground Wonder Bar | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 3 2013
Price: $25
In this snarling take on William Shakespeare's history play, England's War of the Roses is reimagined as a clash between rival biker gangs. It sounds like a gimmick, but by stripping away all traces of gentility, director Carlo Lorenzo Garcia and his cast show how years of war have turned members of the nobility into vicious thugs only marginally better than Richard, the "bunch-backed toad" who schemes and murders his way to the throne. Garcia's rowdy staging for Wayward Productions benefits from John Byrnes's sleazy, charismatic performance in the title role, but Brittany Ellis's Margaret—the spectacularly vindictive widow of Henry VI—comes to seem the soul of the piece. Having lost her family and her hold on power, she has nothing left but curses. —Zac Thompson


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