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Friday
Apr 19 2019

Stage Door: Burn This,Hadestown,and King Lear

by Eric Blume

It's pre-Tony Awards time here in New York,which means new shows are opening left and right.Here's a quick look at three of them…

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Thursday
Aug 14 2014

Stage Door: "King Lear"in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park shutters for another year this Sunday August 17th,so you only havea couple more chances to seeKing Lear.I can't claim thatKing Learis one of my favorite plays and as far as interpretations of it go,nobody is ever going to beat Akira Kurosawa'sRan(1985),you know?

The Bening and John Lithgow star in "King Lear"in Central Park

John Lithgow headlines and is quite strong as the rapidly declining hot-tempered looneytunes King who stupidly gives everything away to his two eldest daughters (Annette Bening and Jessica Hecht) while shunning the youngest who truly loves him.Lithgow is having a good year;I urge all of you to see his excellent work inLove is Strangewhen it opens later this month.I had entirely forgotten about the B story in King Lear which is like a reflection of the A story,in which another father is (literally) blinded when it comes to his sons.I didn't fully love this production where much of it was good but few things excellent.Oddly,I was most drawn to the actors I was least familiar with likeJessica Collinsas Cordelia,Eric Sheffer Stevens as Edmund,andSteven Boyeras Fool.Most disappointing for me was The Bening.You know that she is my beloved but her lines were spoken without a lot of discernable emotional content (one review claimed "learned phonetically"which I thought was terribly mean but it's not her finest hour).She does memorably fire up in the final act once her loins are ah stirred by the bastard troublemaker Edmund.

I love the tradition of Shakespeare in the Park but I wish they would go back to the time when they did more non-Shakespeare things in this summer event series likeMother CourageandHairandInto the Woodsand whatnot.This summer they only did the Bard.You know what play would beexcellentto see outdoors?Tennessee Williams'Night of the Iguana.

WHAT OTHER PLAYS DO YOU THINK WOULD BE GREAT IN AN OUTDOOR SETTING?

P.S.What about Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert inThe Maids?

You're probably wondering why I haven't written about "The Maids"starring Huppert,Blanchett and rising actress Elizabeth Debicki (remember that wonderful first impression she made inThe Great Gatsby?) and that's because I didn't get tickets.Above my price range butShakespeare in the Parkis free which is definitely within my price range!Here's a collection of reviews to read if you're interested.I've talked to two friends who've seen it and they both felt exactly the same: Debicki was best in show.How's that for a surprise...and a career-maker,at least on stage.