When: Sundays, 2 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Thu., April 14, 7:30 p.m. Continues through April 17 2016
Shakespeare's Richard III is a tale of power — the lusting after it, and the forceful application of it. At the onset of the play Richard is merely the Duke of Gloucester and his brother Edward is the King. Richard is malformed, and resents everyone in the world for always reminding him of it. And so he begins his climb to the ultimate power of kingship, so he can dispatch everyone he hates — which is pretty much everyone. He frames one brother, kills another, seduces and marries the daughter of a man he killed only to bump her off, and then begins on the next generation of would-be enemies. St. Louis Shakespeare last performed Richard III in 2004 (and before that, not since 1997), so don't miss the company's current production of the bleak history play. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 8 to 17) at the Ivory Theatre (7620 Michigan Avenue; 314-361-5664 or www.stlshakespeare.org). Tickets are $15 to $20.