Repertory: As Flies to Wanton Boys

King Lear used to be regarded as one of Shakespeare's library plays: great, but virtually unplayable. Presenting this epic drama, with its almost inhumanly difficult title role, is a little like climbing the sheer face of a formidable, treacherous, icy cliff. Nonetheless, some curious infusion of fatality in the modern consciousness seems to make the play accessible to contemporary audiences. And to modern actors.

In a new revival of King Lear that is by far the best work that the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater has ever offered,...

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