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A trans-Atlantic cast lands a rowdy Richard III in San Francisco

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Kevin Spacey in Richard III: "seriously potent."
PHOTO BY ALASTAIR MUIR

Spacey's enjoyably vivid interpretation lies in a compelling blend of sociopathically cool, intellectual charm and an underlying animal drive manifest in the Z-shaped posture of Shakespeare's physically "unfinished" hunchback. When standing still, Spacey's Richard balances on a twisted leg bound up in a metal brace and perched on the ball of the foot, his head twisting and jutting, with one arm wrapped in a black leather glove and the other tucked up high like a fledgling wing. But when this incarnate of political malevolence moves, he flies around the stage with the quick and decisive energy of a once-wounded creature long-adapted to its deformity, an angry raptor on a metal cane. It's that two-sided quality that makes good sense of the play's moral vision too, which draws so forceful and timely a distinction between citizen-duping outward show and the inner appetites driving a ruling class of cannibals. *

 

RICHARD III

Wed/26-Fri/28, 7:30 p.m.; Sat/29, 2 and 8 p.m., $35–$150

Curran Theatre

445 Geary, SF

1-888-746-1799

www.shnsf.com

Comments

One correction: Avila writes "his impatient proxy wooing later on of a second wife via the young girl's mother (the Duchess of York, played commandingly by Maureen Anderman)." But the young girl's mother is not the Duchess of York but Queen Elizabeth, so Haydn Gwynne should get the credit for that commanding performance. The Duchess is Richard's own mother, not the girl's.

Posted by Gloucester on Oct. 26, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

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