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NOW: In The Wings of a World Stage

Studio: Treetops
Directed by Jeremy Whelehan

May 01, 2014
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NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage allows a rare glimpse into a ten-month worldwide tour of Sam Mendes’s adaptation of Richard III. Kevin Spacey stars as Richard in a production directly inspired by Muommur Gaddafi’s Libyan regime, imbued with a twisted humor neglected by most adaptations. The play’s elasticity is showcased as it rotates venues, at one point placing Spacey’s tyrannical king on a Middle Eastern stage at the height of Arab Spring.

The film teaches us a few of the games actors play before going on stage, some tricks they use to get in character, and offers glimpses of their personality—but the film never settles on just one of the twenty-person company to track. The production never seems to encounter any trouble, and we’re offered little insight into the first Mendes/Spacey collaboration since American Beauty. Filmed theatre needs to work as a film, and NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage is less a film than a brochure, offering lush, alluring scenery alongside a collection of ultimately shallow teasers.

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