Thursday, November 09, 2006

Go see Richard III, on stage now

If you have an evening free in the next two weekends in the bay area, I urge you to go see Richard III - The Business Of War, A Parable . It plays San Francisco, at the Project Artaud Theater at Florida and 18th near the Mission.

Why should you see this show?

1) It's Shakespeare. The language, the characters, the emotions have been realized over and over, made part of our cultural fabric. Many people know that the phrase "A horse, a horse. My kingdom for a horse" comes from this Richard III.. but have you actually seen the play?

2) It's timely. Richard III is about a man who decides that he must have power, who goes about obtaining that power by any means he can conceive. Exploiting family members, check. Having his opposition ridiculed on trumped up charges, silenced, jailed and even killed, checks all around. Cloaking himself in the trappings of religion to gull his people into trusting him, check. Does this sound familiar at all?

3) It's an awesome production. The music, costumes, set and acting are all top-notch. The director's conception of the piece -- opposing the "business of war" with the restorative powers of nature is well-realized. This is some high-grade theater, right here. Don't just take it from me - read these two reviews

4) It's a good, cheap date*. Tickets run between $18.50 for students/seniors/military and $37.50 for the general public. Not a lot as theater tickets go. The theater company and promotion company are new, so they are reaching out with lots of promotions to lower the ticket price. This weekend, you can take advantage of Starving Artist night Friday, Date night Saturday, or Brunch on Sunday (after the show in the lobby). All these apply to in-person ticket purchases only. Or, you can go to City Box Office to purchase tickets in the ordinary way.

* Maybe not a first date. Unless your date likes provocative theater.

5) (I saved the best for last) Rebecca's in it! You may know her as knuknitter, or wizknitter, or the designer of Aunty Becca's knitted purses for children, but the bay area theater world knows her as a director, casting director, school program director, and actor. And she's good! So good in this role, she even brings an angel of death to see the power of humanity. (See the show to understand that last bit)

So go. Go see the show. Tell a friend and go together. Take the whole family. You have only EIGHT more days, so do it now!

Remaining show dates for "Shakespeare's Richard III - The Business Of War, A Parable"

November 10 - 7:30 pm
November 11 - 7:30 pm
November 12 - 2:00 pm
November 17 - 7:30 pm
November 18 - 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Buy your tickets online


Blogger Wiz Knitter said...

Thanks for the props, and the advertising! I should add that tonight is free for artists (I think fiber artists count, yes, just bring your latest project - as if you wouldn't have it with you already) and you're in free. Saturdays are half-price with a dinner receipt. Sundays include free brunch in the lobby before the show.

November 10, 2006 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah . . . like Saddam Hussein, for instance. Nothing like a swell fellow who had his daughters' husbands offed.

November 19, 2006 2:01 PM  

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