In fact, Shakespeare’s Richard agonizes about why he, a man supposedly empowered by God, is so ineffective. But who among us doesn’t have some self-doubt? Although Richard II is rarely produced — Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is finally staging it during its 19th season — actor Brent Vimtrup told me he’s relishing the title role in a play suffused with gorgeous poetry. Just three weeks to catch it (closing Feb. 3). Thursday-Sunday. $22-$32. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com.
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