After playing the role to critical acclaim in London, Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award-winning actress Glenda Jackson ("Three Tall Women") brings her take on Shakespeare's mad monarch to a new production on Broadway. More…
In Shakespeare's most famous family tragedy, the aging King Lear's decision to relinquish the throne sparks a sequence of unforeseen, and disastrous consequences. Directed by Tony winner Sam Gold ('Fun Home'), the production also stars Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell ("The Humans"), and features an original score from the legendary composer Philip Glass.
See it if you love WS and can endure some bad choices (directing/acting/design). Standout Wilson. Oppty to see Jackson (imperfect, but fascinating).
Don't see it if you need uniform strg perfs. Many disappting actors. Or you want clear story (disappting director). Use of music mixed bag. Still, memorable
See it if you love Shakespeare or want to see Jackson's astounding performance. The staging is great. Use of comedy wherever possible.
Don't see it if It's long & many parts are unintelligible to the untrained ear.
See it if You want to see extraordinary actors doing magnificent work in what I would describe as a Sam Gold directing MESS!!!
Don't see it if You want to see Lear done with any sort of style or sense. Sam Gold has neither in my opinion. So many odd, annoying and appalling choices.
See it if you want to see a powerful, intelligent, studied, regal performance by the legendary Glenda Jackson as Shakespeare's crumbling monarch.
Don't see it if you expect the rest of the cast to rise to the high bar set by Jackson. [It feels as though Gold left everyone else to direct themselves.]
See it if You like Jackson & other members of the cast and want to see them tackle the bard. Fan of Shakespeare. Curious about Sam Gikd’s approach
Don't see it if Don’t like a woman as Lear, , confused by actors in key multiple roles, can’t endure 2-hr 1st act, need more scenery to convey plot
See it if you want to marvel at wonderful acting and delightful music of this long play in a modern setting that crackles with human power struggles.
Don't see it if you you want a traditional presentation of this Shakespeare play or you do not have appreciation for an interpretation commenting on today.
See it if Contemp gender-bend of the titular king putting his daughters through changes and his course forever changed. Four brilliant actors shine.
Don't see it if This isn't the Brit mounting.All here are accomplished, but each seems to be spinning in separate orbits, diminishing their sun, Ms. Jackson
See it if Glenda Jackson as King Lear is an interesting twist to an often seen play. Ruth Wilson & Jane Houdyshell shine as well.
Don't see it if You cannot accept females in traditionally male roles in modern times. Cannot sit for 2 hours before 1st intermission.
See it if Very good King Lear with unique production choices, well-worth watching, some outstanding individuals.
Don't see it if Glenda Jackson gives it a great go, up to the limits of her physical size and vocal strength.
See it if don't want to miss Glenda Jackson perform live, fascinated by messy concepts, want 2 second guess the direction, think U could do it better
Don't see it if can't pay attention for 3+ hours, can't comprehend classical language, prefer happy endings, can't abide cross-gender casting or Shakespeare
See it if you want to see the performances by Glenda Jackson and rest of the talented cast, you are well-caffeinated and ready for a 3.5 hour show.
Don't see it if Sounds much better on paper with this amazing cast/creative. Disappointing effort by Sam Gold after such other great Shakespeare productions
See it if you love seeing great actors dominate the stage:Jackson,Houdyshall and Thompson are beyond brilliant.This is a once in a lifetime production
Don't see it if you liked Be More Chill.This is serious theatre.How many chances do you get to see Jackson?Her Lear is so powerful,so relatable.Loved it.
See it if Jackson is sublime. Great cast. An interesting take on the play. The partial gender-bending mostly works.
Don't see it if Didn’t love the deaf Cornwall with ASL interpreter. Sound was a problem at times. Very long. Requires intense concentration.
See it if You want to see Jane Howdyshell and Ruth Wilson at their best. Jackson had power and presence but lacked the music of the Bard.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in weak, interchangeable male leads. Weak fool. Squeaky Regan.
See it if you love Shakespeare and Glenda Jackson, who is an amazing King Lear; a few other excellent performances
Don't see it if don't want a busy (set, costumes, etc.) production of Shakespeare; don't want blood; can't sit for 3.5 hours (2 hours until intermission)
See it if you want to see 2 masters in Glenda Jackson and Jayne Houdyshell at work. Most of the first act is brilliant.
Don't see it if you need a "traditional", and incorrect, casting, costuming and sets for your Shakespeare.
See it if just to see Glenda Jackson in a vanity project
Don't see it if like consistent acting - people seemed to be in different shows. Direction and staging was awful. What a waste of good people
See it if you want to see a unique take on this Shakespearean classic. Some of the performances (Jackson, WIlson, Houdyshell) are spectacular
Don't see it if you want to see a production where all the actors are of the same caliber. Felt uneven. Also, if you don't like Shakespeare.
See it if You appreciate King Lear and want to see alternative casting and find out what insights that provides.
Don't see it if Very long, dark, heavy, cruelty-filled Shakespeare is not appealing.
See it if You’re up for the startling and inspiring treat of an 83 year old pro leading three hours of Shakespeare without missing a beat.
Don't see it if You haven’t read or re-read the play first; much will be indecipherable, unclear or inaudible, unforgiveable for a pro show so heavily miked
See it if a wonderful cast support the superlative Glenda Jackson in one of Shakespeare's darkest tragedies. Seeing her makes going worthwhile.
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespearean language or a depressing, often violent play.