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Is this the promised end?

No, it’s not. Sunday’s matinee is over and the light towers have been demolished, but we’re not done thinking about King Lear. We’re doing a postmortem of the production in Thursdays’ class (we’re enjoying a much-needed break today) but right now, I’d … Continue reading

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A serviceable villain

I’m blogging in defense of Oswald, whom I consider to be the most undervalued, underrated, ignored, misrepresented character in the entire play. Goneril, Regan, Edmund — they’re rightfully condemned by readers and audiences. Sure, in some adaptations they’re more human or … Continue reading

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Down, thou climbing sorrow

In my last post, I mentioned President Obama’s Americanism, how his ability to connect with the public defines him as a leader. Specifically, I mentioned how he openly cried on national television in response to the Newtown shootings last week. … Continue reading

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Lear’s Shadow: George H.W. Bush

Nosocomephobia:  The fear of hospitals. It’s one of hundreds on phobialist.com, but I imagine it’s probably one of the more common ones, at least above fear of German things (Teutophobia) or fear of chins (Geniophobia). And it’s no wonder: Hospitals are, … Continue reading

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Every Inch a King

This is a big play. It’s massive. Uncut, it runs at about four hours. The cast calls for at least 10 actors, mostly male, not including various soldiers and gentlemen. The special effects needed — a violent storm, a man’s … Continue reading

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Lear’s Shadow: Putin

Today, I’m going to focus my Lear goggles on a modern-day parallel of Shakespeare’s famous crotchety old man. I have a running list of contextualized versions of Lear (including King James I, on whom I will be writing the first … Continue reading

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