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Richard II 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 24 2009
Phone: 244-3740
Price: $15-$18
Director JoAnn Johnson doesn't embellish in Richard II, so I won't either: The Northwest Classical Theatre Company's all-female production of Shakespeare is very good. The casting was inspired by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year, but that alone isn't why the production is such a revelation. NWCTC's Richard II works because Johnson's direction is as elegant as a mathematical proof, using little more than subtly rhythmic and symmetrical blocking to build each scene into a mini-spectacle of pomp and vengeance. Like I said, it's very good. AS


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