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King Lear (11 Oct. 1998)

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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Note the parallels between Lear's and Glouster's families
7 July 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This "Lear" was one of those Shakespeare productions that got me to see a familiar play very differently. What choices do Lear and Glouster make? What choices do their children make? How do they affect (respond to) each other?

I'm on the "this is really good acting" side of the fence here. I was impressed and convinced by all except Edgar. He starts as so dull and stupid that when he grows into an icon and mysteriously wise man, it's hard to swallow. The evil sisters are not simply monsters, they are made to vacillate between concern for their father and "sensibleness", concern for position and desire.

I really liked this production.


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