Young Jean Lee's Latest at Soho Rep: So Lear and Yet So Far

The Bard and Big Bird collide

If she wanted to tell her own version of Lear's story, as Edward Bond and other playwrights have, that would be a different matter, but the need to comment on King Lear and the need to tell a story of one's own are two different things, and one can't make them the same just by wishing it so. The inaccurate retelling of Shakespeare's story and the distortion of it to fit her own never merge, which is really a pity: Her ability and her intelligence, both of which are evident throughout, might have welded them into something extraordinary.

A naughty night to swim in?: Amelia Workman, Paul Lazar, Okwui Okpokwasili, and April Matthis in Lear
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A naughty night to swim in?: Amelia Workman, Paul Lazar, Okwui Okpokwasili, and April Matthis in Lear

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Lear
By Young Jean Lee
Soho Rep
46 Walker Street, 212-352-3101

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