BOTTOM LINE: An incredibly well-realized production, particularly for the Fringe.
The crew over at Less Than Rent Productions has done a skillful job of making their production look particularly well put together, especially considering that it's the Fringe Fest. From the use of their multi-level theater space, to their delightfully eccentric costumes and obviously intensely rehearsed musical numbers, Richard 3 gives the impression of a mid-budget off-Broadway show. The large ensemble cast tackles all of the material, modern and classical, with ease. With the help of Presson's direction, the cast makes the transition between the different styles appear seamless. While at two hours and no intermission it is a bit long for a Fringe show, Richard 3 is well worth the time.
(Richard 3 plays at the The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa, 66 East 4th Street, through August 20th. Remaining performances are Thursday 8/19 at 4:30pm and Friday 8/20 at 9:15pm. For more information visit www.lessthanrentproductions.com. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and are available at FringeNYC.com, by calling 866.468.7619, or in person at FringeCENTRAL, located at 1 East 8th Street at 5th Avenue. There is NO LATE SEATING for Fringe NYC shows.)