TITLE: RICHARD III
AUTHOR: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
WHERE: BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
THE BOTTOM LINE: A brilliant actor and director find, in a tragedy about the 15th century, relevance for the 20th.
From the moment he appears onstage, uniformed and martial, barking out "Now is the winter of our discontent" with the guttural fury of a drill sergeant, Sir Ian McKellen's Richard III is arrestingly cruel and humorless, all chill and absolutely no charm. Not for him the leisurely glories of the play's language or the seductions of direct address and droll comedy to woo an audience. In a role that can...