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How Maliciousness In Richard Iii Cannot Be Portrayed Through A Stripped Down Play.

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It is difficult to fully comprehend the idea of malice. Some might say that a human can only truly comprehend malice if they experience it first. defines malice as:1.A desire to harm others or to see others suffer; extreme ill will or spite.2.The intent, without just cause or reason, to commit a wrongful act that will result in harm to another.As we have talked about in class and in most literature critiques, Richard III is clearly an evil, jealous, ambitious and (foremost) malicious man. Eve Shapiro (the director of the play) tried to portray the maliciousness of Richard III by developing a minimalist interpretation of the play; however, she failed because malice is a complicated idea.The director tried to illustrate that malice in human affairs is very simple and pure. This was shown clearly throughout the performance. First of all, the very making of the performance was simple. The lead actor that the director picked (Spencer Aste) was a very flamboyant and vivacious Richard III. He limbed as if his leg was broken, held his arm as close to his chest as possible and hunched like there were a thousand pounds on his back. This almost elicited sympathetic emotions from the audience. Moreover, the acting company was armed with ornate costumes, a surround-sound system and an underutilized but evocative portable lighting system consisting of seven rolling, vertical banks of four bulbs each. These, and daggers by the "back-full." There was no set to speak of, so at the core there were actors and their words, which is the way it was once meant to be (Moore). This simplicity brought forth the command of language that Shakespeare had at his disposal. The use of lighting was innovative and avant-garde (at least to the uneducated viewer). Not only did they use the lights as concrete items (i.e. the tower in which the two princes were locked and room walls), but they were also used to help show importance and different emotions in characters (i.e. in Act I, scene I, lines 29-32, the director only used one light behind Richard III to show the importance and mental insight of his first monologue: "And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover/ To entertain these fair well-spoken days,/ I am determined to prove a villain/ and hate the idle pleasures of these days."). This is a very effective way in which to focus mainly on Shakespeare's words without the distraction of theatrics. Moreover, the director's choice of costumes and movements of characters was streamlined. There was not excessive movement or flashiness of costumes that is usually seen in top-notch performances.Secondly, the director consciously decided to simplify the play. This is supported by the fact that the "Shakespeare in...

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