In large measure, the problem is not the sword, but the scissors. Too much has been cut from this play to make it emotionally intelligible, to give it a rhythm and pacing and keep from reducing it to mere plot. Lear usually clocks in at more than three hours; this production has been pared to a skinny 115 minutes. There’s plenty of blood and punches, but little time for Lear’s humanity.Quite. One waited for lines that never arrived. Of course, I have been spoiled by having seen Paul Scofield do it on stage.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
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