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Review from Beth Malloy
3 events 2 reviews

We attended Saturday night when an understudy was playing Richard III and were afraid we'd be disappointed. However, the understudy was great - funny and expressive and pulled the audience into the play. Lady Anne and the Duchess of York were...continued

reviewed Oct 03 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Pat C.
Red Velvet 186 events 84 reviews

The understudy played Richard the night I saw the show. While he did a decent job with the lines, he simply did not LOOK the part--too robust and hardy in build with an inherently kind-looking face. First act meandered a bit (Shakespeare can...continued

reviewed Oct 02 2009 report as inappropriate
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Red Velvet 106 events 51 reviews

Wallace Acton is sublime as Richard III. He is somebody to follow. My wife loved the total production.

reviewed Sep 29 2009 report as inappropriate
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) kicks off the 2009/10 Subscription Series with Richard III, William Shakespeare’s tale of a brilliant, scheming hunchback who murders and seduces his way to the English throne. The production will be staged by Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Barbara Gaines with Helen Hayes Award-winner Wallace Acton in the title role.

Shakespeare’s first great stage success, and one of his most enduring, Richard III has entertained audiences around the world for centuries. As the final chapter of the playwright’s sweeping chronicle of the English Wars of the Roses, Richard III dramatizes the life of one of the most diabolical and manipulative, yet charming and witty villains in Shakespeare’s canon. Embittered by his own physical deformities, the power-hungry Richard will stop at nothing to gain control of England, seducing and murdering his way to the throne.

Since its stage premiere in 1592 with Shakespeare’s colleague Richard Burbage in the title role, audiences worldwide have been fascinated by Richard III. The American tradition of translating Shakespeare’s works to film began with André Calmettes and James Keane’s 1912 silent version of Richard III— believed to be the oldest known complete surviving film made in America. The play continued to be referenced in films such as Neil Simon’s 1977 comedy, The Goodbye Girl, in which Elliott, performed in the film by Richard Dreyfuss, is cast in a production of Richard III and is asked to perform an outlandish stereotype of the title character. Al Pacino explored the complexity and the physicality of the title character in his 1996 documentary, Looking for Richard.

“Richard is one of Shakespeare’s most brilliant characters,” says Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. “As he seduces us as his audience, we become complicit in his crimes. He plays with us, toys with us, manipulates us. We know we’re being manipulated but it’s such an enjoyable ride and he’s such an interesting character that we don’t care.”

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