A darkly comic, smashed-up retelling of Richard IIIShakespeare's classic tale about the lust for power, Teenage Dick reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a high-school outsider in junior year: the deepest winter of his discontent. Picked on because of his disability as well as his sometimes creepily Shakespearean way of speakingRichard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But like all teenagers, and all despots, he is faced with the hardest question of all: is it better to be loved, or feared?
Picked on because of his cerebral palsy as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speakingRichard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared? But even in its more familiar mode, when the play merely translates "Richard III" into an unexpected milieu the way "Clueless" does with Jane Austen 's "Emma,"it remains enjoyable.
Richard, played by Gregg Mozgala, has CP and he feels that his disability affects how everyone in his high school treats him—he is either ignored, humiliated, or pitied. To get back at his peers, he decides to run for class president and defeat Eddie, the most popular jock in school. While not seemingly sinister, as events unfurl, Richard becomes increasingly villainous.
In fact, he upgrades it from subtext to text via a Roseland High School English class in which we see Richard Gregg Mozgalaour scheming junior class secretary with presidential dreams, meditate on the four roads to power laid out in The Prince. As a social outcast with cerebral palsy, Richard does not seem destined for road No. It is with wickedness, as he declares in one of many melodramatic soliloquies, that he will dethrone sitting president Eddie Alex Breaux playing a bullying football star for the millionth time in his career, as our stand-in for King Edward IV and claim his rightful place atop the high school social ladder. Lew continues his unsubtle character parallels: The second-in-line Duke of Clarence becomes Clarissa Sasha DiamondEddie's Bible-thumping vice president and a presidential hopeful thwarted by Richard; Buckingham becomes the teenage Richard's wheelchair-bound friend Buck Shannon DeVidowho, with an acerbic wit and solid grasp on reality, stays far more out of the fray than her Shakespearean counterpart.
David Kinder. Both Richards devote much thought to the bodies life has dealt them. Richard Gloucester has cerebral palsy, which he believes is the reason everyone at school hates him.
Posted on Jun 23, in Theater Reviews. Well Eddie, dear egg, I will crack thee. I come to bury Eddie, not to praise him.
Luckily, Shakespeare was a poet, not an osteopath. That approach made for great drama. But it has also made for four centuries of mostly regular-bodied actors simulating the appearance of disability with the help of prostheses, crutches, leg braces and plenty of ham.
Once that initial research was over, Lew put the source material aside and wrote his own work from scratch. The result is a snappy, smart mash up of dramatic and comedic. As student council elections draw near, Richard, who has spent his life bullied and unrecognized for his considerable intelligence, seethes with ambition to become class president. You have to have the acting pool, and you have to think about your physical plant as a theater.
And so the question that sits with you throughout is how — even whether — that classic equine inquiry will appear late in Dickwhat the wordplay will be that makes the line work but also what scenario playwright Mike Lew will gin up to make it make sense. On entering the theater, the audience sees the set. A single classroom chair is sitting on the linoleum-floored stage, with a bookbag next to it and a pair of shoes.