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Lear Comes Alive in NYC
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0613  Monday, 2 July 2006

From: 		Stephen Rose <
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Date: 		Sunday, 2 Jul 2006 13:12:20 -0400
Subject: 	Lear Comes Alive in NYC

I have never been to a more compelling live Shakespeare event. The Lear 
I saw last night at the off-off Broadway La MaMa was clear, accessible, 
beautifully delivered and relevant. We sat on all four sides of a 
spacious open area enveloped in original music and the arresting sight 
of Alvin Epstein and a marvelous supporting cast bringing the great work 
to life, capturing nuances without affectation and minus the driven 
shaketalk I feel results from a sort of mimetic transfer from production 
to production.

Whether it was this performance of not, I was struck by how clear and 
understandable and unstilted this play is.

The La MaMa Lear was substantially better than the other Shakespeare 
play I have seen this summer, Macbeth at Shakespeare in the Park.

I will remember the Lear. The Macbeth will fade substantially.

A bow should be made to the Actors' Shakespeare Project which is 
described at http://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/   and from which 
tickets to this exceptional Lear may be purchased.

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