- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Last call for Richard III, closing Sundayat the Shakespeare Theatre. The performance is one for the books: As Richard, a hunchback with a club foot and a sociopathic personality, Geraint Wyn Davies is as silver-tongued as Satan in a three-piece suit. Flattering and goading, he concentrates on the flagrant spin-doctor aspects of the character and his Richard III glitters with a malevolent charm that is equal parts smarm and smite. Yet you can’t brand him as pure evil because you’re never quite sure which is his true nature and which is playacting. Director Michael Kahn’s production is angular and brisk, and the enormous cast is compelling. 450 Seventh St. NW. 8 p.m. today through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19 to $76.25. 202/547-1122.

— Jayne Blanchard

The Environmental Film Festival begins its 15th annual showcase today. Programming will continue through March 25 at participating organizations, which include most of the city’s museums and archives. More than 100 titles from two dozen countries will illustrate topics dealing with conservation and wildlife.

The selections include a new Imax featurette at the National Museum of American History, Hurricane on the Bayou, which deals with the habitats of the Louisiana bayou country before and after the calamity of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The National Archives will revive a controversial landmark, the 1963 CBS Reports segment The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson, on March 22 at 7 p.m. This is the centennial year of the late Miss Carson, whose book “Silent Spring” warned of the hazards of pesticides. Other topics include the ivory-billed woodpecker, the oil industry, sharks, Mongolia and Dutch elm disease.

Many programs in the festival are free. For further information or a complete festival brochure call 202/342-2564 or see dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

— Gary Arnold

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