Shakespeare's The Tragedie of King Lear from Shakespeare Orange County
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The last date listed for The Tragedie of King Lear was Saturday September 18, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Rich Schmidt
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This is a tough play to praise or criticize. It is, as is well known, complex even for Shakespeare.Technically this production was well done particularly the set, the lighting and the sound/music. It was well paced and directed and the story well told. The acting as quite variable, at least as to the ease with which belief could be suspended as required in nearly all Shakespearean tragedy. Dennis Krausnick played a Lear which seemed human even in his madness and self-inflicted grief. The sociopathic Edmund [Ryan Shively] was well rendered and conveyed a streak of self questioning behavior which though unexpressed verbally was made apparent in his on stage presence. This made for me his "repentence" while dying in the final act less enigmatic to us onlookers. I had not seen this conveyed in other staging and readings of Lear. The sisters played faithful [if difficult to fathom] roles and nearing the end of their development of character we became more convinced of their inherent treachery. Kudos to Jack Messenger for his Albany, seemingly the only sane person on the stage at times. Shaun Anthony played a likeable Edgar but as Poor Tom he overdid it a bit. The role of the Fool allows a lot of interpretation and here the Elizabethan "bawdy commmentator" role was exhibited which makes the role as lone support to the mad king somewhat less plausible. Perhaps this dissonance is what prompts the Bard to write him [actually her in the person of Alyssa Bradac] out of the play. All the Knights seemed to wear the same "uniforms" which was a bit distracting since they were supposed to be of various allegiance. Good work SOC thanks for making quality Shakespeare available and affordable in this fun venue.
_The Tragedie of King Lear _
Starring Dennis Krausnick
A test of love is only the beginning of one old man’s journey on the path to Hell. Considered by many to be William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, Lear is about repercussions of pride and vanity that eventually lead to the fatal destruction of both the great king and all who are of real importance to him. Lear is a metaphorical epic—a story of violence, lust, betrayal, madness, and the predatory side of human nature.
Directed by Thomas Bradac