Octogenarian Lears on Stage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1655 Thursday, 29 September 2005
From: Mari Bonomi <
Date: Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 11:41:05 -0400
Subject: 16.1633 Octogenarian Lears on Stage
Comment: RE: SHK 16.1633 Octogenarian Lears on Stage
No memories of an actual octogenarian Lear but many memories of Alvin
Epstein, from the original Broadway production of _No Strings_ to many
performances in repertory at Yale Repertory Theatre under Brustein.
I cannot picture Epstein as Lear... There was always, to me, a
fumbling-bumbling quality to his performance style/approach regardless
of comic or straight role. Not that he was "bad" at any of them but
rather that he seemed always to portray a person barely adequate to
function at whatever the character's function was.
I will be very interested to hear from those who see this performance
how Epstein does as Lear, who I have never pictured as fumbling or
bumbling around the stage at any point in his... regression (is that the
appropriate opposite to "progression"?).
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