Richard III

May 19th - September 25th Tom Patterson Theatre Ticket Info
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Beacon Herald, Laura Cudworth -

“There’s a menacing element to McKenna’s Richard that’s downright unnerving. When he hobbles by a group of bystanders he stares one down like a wide-eyed gangster in a prison yard. It’s uncomfortable and makes him feel unpredictable.”

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Globe and Mail, J. Kelly Nestruck -

2 1/2 Stars: “…there is a pleasing, extra level of irony added to certain lines, as when Richard tells his brother Clarence, who is being sent off to the Tower by his own scheming, that their sister-in-law, the king’s wife, is to blame: “Why, this it is, when men are ruled by women.”

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QMI Agency, John Coulbourne -

4 Stars: “McKenna ultimately demonstrates more than enough steel to prove this to be far more than mere stunt casting…But given a magnificent production, instead of this fancy-dress war horse designed by Peter Hartwell, and placed in the hands of a director of sweeping vision, she could have created a truly impressive proof that true talent knows no gender.”

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Robert Reid, The Record -

” After all, doesn’t evil transcend gender or sexual orientation?
…It’s an intriguing goal. That she rises to the challenge without declaring victory is not a slight on her acting abilities….McKenna’s problems are due in large part to the absence of an overall concept on the part of Potter.”

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Globe and Mail, J. Kelly Nestruck -

3 Stars: First impression review, to be followed up shortly with a full analysis. “The first half is excellent, schadenfreude-filled fun…Potter’s production ultimately favours clarity over flavour – and the gasping ghosts of Richard’s victims at the end don’t have the haunting effect no doubt intended….”

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Toronto Star, Richard Ouzounian -

1 1/2 Stars: “…the most disappointing part about Miles Potter’s production…is that — having apparently used up all his imagination coming up with the central concept of having Richard played by a woman—he then proceeded to do so little with it…Potter stages scene after scene without a scrap of invention”

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