‘Richard II’ Review: A Radio King With a Tottering Crown

By Maya Phillips

“Over four nights this week, the Public Theater and WNYC presented a sound-only revolution — an incompetent king dethroned, humiliated and murdered in an audio performance of “Richard II.” 

… The Public’s production — each segment an hour, broadcast on consecutive days, and available to listen to as a podcast — was bookended and burdened by interviews with cast members and Shakespeare scholars. They were helpful and interesting, but only to a point.

… A radio “Richard II” won’t change how much I am sorely missing Shakespeare under the stars in Central Park this summer. But I am glad I got to hear this king — and queens and dukes — pronouncing and prattling in my ear, regaling me in the comfort of my home.”

Available on wnycstudios.org, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and other audio streaming services.

Source: The New York Times