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King Lear at the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0390  Wednesday, 22 July 2009

From:       James J. Lombardi <
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Date:       Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 22:26:10 -0400
Subject: 20.0375 King Lear at the Shakespeare Theatre, 
Comment:    RE: SHK 20.0375 King Lear at the Shakespeare Theatre, 
Washington, DC

Hannibal Hamlin (more so) and Hardy Cook (less so) were somewhat 
critical of Director Robert Fall's "conception" of the Lear production 
at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC. I agree. But for the spectacular 
performances of Stacey Keach and Edward Gero this production would 
hardly have merited a standing ovation. Fall's display of countless body 
bags was interminable, The junkyard scene was a poor imitation of 
Wall-E. The nudity was simply unnecessary. Edgar's anterior, Lear's 
posterior and Cordelia's total nakedness added nothing to the play. 
Finally, the sisters' vamping of Edward and Oswald was just plainly clumsy.

Jim Lombardi
Annapolis, MD

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