THEATER: THEY BLEW IT

PATRICK STEWART BRAVES A NERVY BUT FRUSTRATING TEMPEST

IN THE OPENING SCENE OF SHAKEspeare's The Tempest, as a ship careens in a gale, a sailor cries, "What care these roarers for the name of king?" In fact the storm does care. The waves are agents of Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, who is about to launch us into a sort of King Lear's Revenge. Once again we meet a deposed, aging monarch and howling winds. But if the storm on the heath undid Lear, the raging of the elements provides Prospero's salvation.

An impressive new Prospero has arrived on Broadway: the Royal Shakespeare Company's Patrick Stewart, well known...

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