King Lear 2011 OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 16, 2011
    Closing:
    August 12, 2011

    Theater: Park Avenue Armory / 643 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10021

    Synopsis: 

    Greg Hicks has won unanimous critical praise for his ghost-like Lear, the aged king who earns his fate because of his shallow demand for love in words rather than actions, in David Farr's production of King Lear. The cast includes Kathryn Hunter as The Fool; Charles Aitken as Edgar; Geoffrey Freshwater as Gloucester; Darrell D'Silva as Kent; Samantha Young as Cordelia; Kelly Hunter as Goneril; Katy Stephens as Regan; John Mackay as Duke of Albany; Clarence Smith as Duke of Cornwall; James Tucker as Oswald; and Tunji Kasim as Edmund.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF King Lear 2011

    The Old, Inexorable Story of a King’s Disintegration

    Charles Isherwood

    July 17, 2011: The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “King Lear,” directed by David Farr, can be strongly recommended for hypersensitive souls. Have you always found the play to be too devastating to endure, its serial acts of cruelty too relentless to witness? Do you share Samuel Johnson’s moral outrage at the death of Cordelia in the last act? Hie thee to the Park Avenue Armory, where this competent but immaculately unwrenching production of Shakespeare’s harrowing tragedy is providing more than three hours of placid traffic on the stage.

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