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  • Summary: Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “Richard III.” Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never experienced Spacey on stage to witness his immersive and captivating interpretation of Richard III. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    May 1, 2014
    The film serves an effective marketing tool after all, with some lively footage and funny interviews. It’s just too bad viewers can’t see the actual play.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 1, 2014
    This engrossing documentary winds up being about nothing less than making one of Shakespeare’s greatest works come alive through hard work — and the spark that happens within an acting company.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    May 8, 2014
    It's that rare film that captures and conveys the romance of the theatrical experience.
  4. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    May 1, 2014
    What “NOW” does well is explain why these actors love the place- and time-bound quality of live theater, most evident in the troupe’s stop at the ancient Greek theater of Epidaurus.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 1, 2014
    It’s a thoroughly upbeat paean to the magic (and the hard work) of theater, with not so much of a hint of discord—of mild interest to aficionados and Spacey fans, but almost terminally bland.
  6. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Jun 3, 2014
    This snore-bore doc follows the year-long world tour of Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic production of 'Richard III’ directed by Sam Mendes ('Skyfall'). Critics dusted off all their big words to praise the play. But we don’t get to see much of it.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 1, 2014
    Vanity, thy name is Kevin Spacey.

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