King Lear: Not Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

Noted British tragedy gets an unnotable production at the Lincoln Center Festival

The two best performances, Geoffrey Freshwater's Gloucester and Charles Aitken's Edgar, both do something that no one else in the company, or Farr, seems to have thought about: Each gives his character a trajectory, building from what they begin as to what they become; and each makes sure that every moment along that route receives the correct emotional weight. As a result, their journey to Dover, with one character blinded and the other going from disguise to disguise, brings the evening its only moving passages. For the rest, it's Shakespeare tidbits as usual, but after what the RSC's been through, business as usual constitutes a distinct improvement.

The RSC takes a Park Avenue address: Greg Hicks and Geoffrey Freshwater
Manuel Harlan
The RSC takes a Park Avenue address: Greg Hicks and Geoffrey Freshwater

Details

King Lear
By William Shakespeare
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
212-721-6500, lincolncenterfestival.org

mfeingold@villagevoice.com

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