John Malkovich directs in Spanish
Last year John Malkovich directed the world premier of the play 'Good Canary' in France to great acclaim and now he's doing it again! This time in Mexico and in Spanish. What is so strange is that Malkovich doesn't speak Spanish! He doesn't even speak French and yet he managed to create an outstanding production of the play in France. I'd love to sit in on him directing to see how he does it. Apparently he says he could direct the play in any language because he understands it so well, so this may not be the last we'll see of 'Good Canary'.
The play tells the story of "a frustrated writer struggling with his wife's addiction to amphetamines," and is written by Zach Helm. If that name sounds familiar its because he wrote one of my favorite scripts of 2006, STRANGER THAN FICTION. After that movie I had really high hopes for him as a writer but so far he hasn't impressed me. That's why I'm so interested in 'Good Canary,' I want to see Helm write more good stuff and if Malkovich thinks it's that good, then I have to see it. Unfortunately it will only be playing Mexico City next month. Guess we'll have to wait a little longer for the American production!
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