Corinne May, Dennis Krausnick, and Kristin Wold in Shakespeare & Co.'s KIng Lear. Photos © 2012 Kevin Sprague.

King Lear at Shakespeare and Company, directed by Rebecca Holderness, with Dennis Krausnick

This impressive production of King Lear presents something of a challenge to the reviewer. The usual procedure of praising the direction, the sets, the costumes, and the acting—all of which deserve high praise—somehow misses the point. Of course, I found the show gripping, and I gained some important insights into the play, but I think what is unique in this production is the process through which the artists created it and the effect this has on what the audience experiences on stage. Of course I wasn’t there during the rehearsals. I can only extrapolate from what I saw and heard, both in the theater and in a few brief conversations with some members of the cast…and blessings on Shakespeare & Company for making these informal chats possible.

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