at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The African Company Presents Richard III
by Carlyle Brown
The African Company Presents Richard III is a very satisfying vehicle to exhibit extraordinary acting in service of a a not terrible, not overwrought script.
The play-within-a-play scenes give us some riveting moments as the actors play their characters and then their characters slip into their roles in Shakespeare's Richard III for a few stanzas.
Kevin Kenerly (as James Hewlett) is excellent and the dominating presence on stage throughout the evening. He's sweet, stupid, overly focused, driven, and practical as Hewlett, and then instantly differently mesmerizing as he goes into actor mode and creates a scene of Shakespeare.( Collapse )
Yes, everything clicked and fit together in The African Company Presents Richard III. I left feeling I had been entertained. The acting was world class. But, there just wasn't enough in the play itself to make me a raving fan. At the end of the evening I didn't feel transformed. At best I felt informed about an ugly-but-inspiring bit of American history.