Review of Richard III

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Review of Richard III

Postby Pisces » Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:24 am

Ok, I know I haven't posted in what seems like ages, and many of you have no idea who I am, but most of the regulars know me and know my exploits in acting...anyway, this is the largest, most demanding role I've ever played, and our review came out and I'm just kinda gushing, so here's the link:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20090905/E ... /709059931
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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Kizyr » Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:53 pm

That Salonis and Ashley Spessard, as Anne, pull off this scene is testament to both their acting abilities and to the staging and direction of Cathy Kurz.

A compliment, a compliment, my kingdom for a compliment!

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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Ardent Fox » Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:42 pm

Well done sir! Kinda makes me think of the reviews we got when our theater group did a production of The Producers on stage. We were bouncing around from wall to wall for days.

Jolly good show!

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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Undine » Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:21 pm

Congratulations!

How far did you guys go with Richard's deformities? Did you have your back all padded up?

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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Jenner » Sun Sep 13, 2009 2:48 am

Undine wrote:Congratulations!

How far did you guys go with Richard's deformities? Did you have your back all padded up?


They just accounted for Richard's deformities by having him be homosexual and named Eric. It was really hard role to play.
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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Pisces » Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:33 am

(ignores Jenner)

Becca, yes, there was a hunch padded into my costume, and I basically stood a certain way and walked with a gait - there is a brace on my leg that looks like uncomfortable metal (it's actually leather) so I basically turn that leg out (opposite side of my body than the hunch) and sway my body a certain way like my shoulder is trying to meet that leg, kind of. And I have an arm that I can't use much, it's drawn against my body most of the time, with a gloved hand.
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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Jenner » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:01 am

Pisces wrote:(ignores Jenner)

Becca, yes, there was a hunch padded into my costume, and I basically stood a certain way and walked with a gait - there is a brace on my leg that looks like uncomfortable metal (it's actually leather) so I basically turn that leg out (opposite side of my body than the hunch) and sway my body a certain way like my shoulder is trying to meet that leg, kind of. And I have an arm that I can't use much, it's drawn against my body most of the time, with a gloved hand.


Is that your E Harmony Profile? Because I want to date you.

Also, did anyone you tube it? I want pics.
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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Kizyr » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:23 am

Al Pacino's portrayal of Richard III in Looking for Richard was what completely turned around my opinion of Shakespeare in general--in other words, it was the first clear picture I had of a Shakespeare play acted well.

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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Undine » Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:10 am

Pisces wrote:Becca, yes, there was a hunch padded into my costume, and I basically stood a certain way and walked with a gait - there is a brace on my leg that looks like uncomfortable metal (it's actually leather) so I basically turn that leg out (opposite side of my body than the hunch) and sway my body a certain way like my shoulder is trying to meet that leg, kind of. And I have an arm that I can't use much, it's drawn against my body most of the time, with a gloved hand.


That's hot.

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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby PottleElf » Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:08 pm

Jenner wrote:They just accounted for Richard's deformities by having him be homosexual and named Eric. It was really hard role to play.

Tut, tut, thou art all ice, thy kindness freezeth.

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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Pisces » Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:05 am

Honestly, I just sort of started from scratch for my approach. I had seen the movie version with Ian McKellan (which had a majorly butchered script in my opinion), but only used that as a frame of reference for understanding a basis of the character, really. But I drew my own characterization mainly from the text and from myself and my director's input.

I had many people tell me I had a very new take on the character that they really liked.
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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby PottleElf » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:57 pm

I looked to Lawrence Fishburne for inspiration when I played Othello in college.

They didn't let me wear the Morpheus sunglasses.

Jerks.

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Re: Review of Richard III

Postby Jenner » Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:58 am

PottleElf wrote:I looked to Lawrence Fishburne for inspiration when I played Othello in college.

They didn't let me wear the Morpheus sunglasses.

Jerks.


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