Theater: Madcap Villain

RICHARD III by William Shakespeare

A I Pacino ought to have sprouted a long, pointy mustache for his Richard III so he could twirl it. Returning to the stage for this limited engagement (through July 15) at Broadway's Cort Theater, the man who mumbled so effectively through two Godfathers on-screen turns Shakespeare's "bunch-back'd toad" into a smarmy caricature villain out of silent movies and old comic strips; he personifies the sort of dastard who forecloses the mortgage on the family farm and threatens the virtue of fair young damsels.

In Shakespearean terms, this interpretation...

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