THEATER: Force of Evil

Richard Thomas successfully turns villain as Richard III

Like many TV actors with aspirations to bigger things, Richard Thomas has always struggled to outgrow his own success. As John-Boy on The Waltons, he was the embodiment of youthful, all-American idealism. He has shown himself since to be a versatile and adventurous stage actor, in roles ranging from Konstantin in The Seagull to Hamlet. Nothing, however, would seem further outside Thomas' metier than Richard III, Shakespeare's deformed, monstrously evil monarch. Yet in Mark Lamos' vigorous new production at the Hartford Stage, Thomas pulls off a remarkable transformation.

"I am determined to prove a villain," Richard declares in his opening speech...

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