After our trip to see Sweeney Todd at the beginning of the month, I verbally promised myself that I would make it back to the Hanna Theatre to see Great Lakes Theater‘s Richard III. By chance, Amanda from Clue Into Cleveland heard my vow and jumped in on the promise. Our friends at Cleveland’s classic theater company welcomed us back for another bloody evening last night.
As we were sat in the second row along the thrust stage, Amanda and I joked that we were in the splash zone. Richard III – considered one of Shakespeare’s histories by most, one of his tragedies by some – is the tale of the title characters bloody rise to the thrown. Just like in Sweeney, we were ready to see some stage blood flow as the tale unfolded.
Lynn Robert Berg plays the title role in a way that is not just creepy, not just terrifying; but engaging and strangely a twisted version of endearing. The audience knows this character is pure evil, but Lynn draws you in with a distorted charm that makes you want more blood to spill. As I tweeted last night, he absolutely kills it – bad pun fully intended.
It was especially a true pleasure to see a former Baldwin-Wallace College classmate of mine Laura Welsh Berg as Lady Anne. She digs deep into some intense moments surrounding the death of her husband and her sudden wooing to Richard. And I was especially engaged by Laurie Birmingham as Queen Margaret. Her wit, strength and deliveries were all spot on – she had my full attention every time she made an entrance.
In fact, I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this twisted tale of death, lies and deception. Although based on my previous experiences at GLT, it shouldn’t have come as a shocker – these folks know exactly what they are doing – and they do it damn well.
As previously shared on Instagram – this donor “wall” is my favorite part of this space.
Great Lakes Theater is still offering you the opportunity to take advantage of the ticket promo “PR6″ which will take $10 off each A Level ticket that you purchase. Visit www.greatlakestheater.org or call 216.241.6000 to purchase. The rep of Sweeney Todd and Richard III runs until this Sunday, November 3, 2013.
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We’re on our way to everyone’s favorite holiday tale – and its’ 25th anniversary – next in the GLT season. Get ready for A Christmas Carol, everyone…
What is your favorite Shakespeare play?
Disclosure: Great Lakes Theater provided me with two tickets to attend this production. I am a former employee of the organization, and still to this day, one of its biggest fans. My thoughts and opinions are my own.