Gisela Cardenas

FG review: Richard and the women

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble's 'R3' radically reinterprets 'Richard III'

The poster image of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble's "R3"

The poster image of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s “R3”

As I suggested yesterday, I have no faith that my suggestions about what shows to see at Fertile Ground will be useful to you at all. That’s at least partly because I haven’t seen most of them. We’re all just a little bit in the dark here.

I won’t see most of them, either. There’s just too much. I did a quick count in the catalog, and it looks as though eight different new shows are opening today, and nine (9) are continuing from last night.

6727812097_c97a2f222eAnd even though it isn’t technically part of Fertile Ground, Northwest Dance Project’s “(a)merging 2013,” a new choreography concert with two different programs over two successive weekends, also opens tonight.

So, yes, new work everywhere you look! (Fortunately, ArtsWatch has some other writers out there on the case…)

I have seen a few of those shows because they opened earlier in the month, and today I thought I’d write about one of them, the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s “R3,” which I’ve been thinking about for a few days now. No, not all day, every day, but intermittently. And I’ve decided that even though it’s not technically new work—it’s an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Richard III”—it still FELT new.


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