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Octogenarian Lears on Stage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1655  Thursday, 29 September 2005

From: 		Mari Bonomi <
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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

Wow!

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"?).

Mari Bonomi

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