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re: LEAR last night 3 1/2 hours with one 20 minute intermission, spoilers
Posted by: lordofspeech 02:04 am EST 03/06/19
In reply to: LEAR last night 3 1/2 hours with one 20 minute intermission, spoilers - liam44 04:42 pm EST 03/05/19

Some notes from my seeing of LEAR.
First, it’s a great play.

The production was very interesting. Most notably (in an effort to be diverse, I imagine), Cornwall was deaf, and so there was an interpreter on hand for all his scenes, which proved especially distracting in scene one, when we need to be focussed on the King.
Everyone was valiant with Jayne Houdyschell’s Gloucester lovely but missing lines here and there, and they are in previews until April 4.

Jackson was her usually acid, arresting, singular self. I felt she was costumed too modestly, and she’s a slight figure amidst them all. She sometimes seemed not fully up to moving through long lines of verse, just in terms of aerobics. But, then, staccato is her style.
Everything’s good overall.
They have Cordelia double as the Fool. (Ok, though I like a male fool myself), and that actress, the only other Brit and a bit of a tv star (“The Affair”) was a sound Cordelia.
I sensed that Jackson was still finding her way, even her blocking.
I like Pedro Pascal: he’s a decent Edmund with a very nice throw-away style and, rather than demonic or consumed by revenge, there’s a modern irony in his asides which is right.
Lots of gold in the set.
“Blow winds” is staged way downstage, which helps Jackson, I’m sure.
John Douglas Thompson, one of my faves, is excellent as Kent, and, oddly, the small role of Albany is very very well played.
I’m not sure how the Edgar got cast (an awfully difficult role), but he is sincere.
Yes. See it.
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