Lear: That Old Man I Used To Know
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Lear: That Old Man I Used To Know
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Lear: That Old Man I Used To Know NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Members say
Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Magical, Clever

About the Show

This new drama retells Shakespeare's heartbreaking tragedy through the eyes of a little girl.

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Member Reviews (5)

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434 Reviews | 125 Followers
86
Could be edited, Language delivered well, Great visuals, Well acted/directed, Emotional

See it if like your Shakespeare well spoken & delivered with child's sense of mystery, can't get enough of tragedy, don't mind 3 hrs with great story

Don't see it if tend to fall asleep B4 intermission, there are 2, don't like classical theatre, need laugh a minute, cant empathize with on stage characters

99 Reviews | 20 Followers
80
Great staging, Enchanting, Engaging, Magical, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a really beautiful King Lear, you want to understand the play, you enjoy Shakespeare and music and literature, adaptations

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist, you don’t enjoy Shakespeare, if you get antsy the show is long, you’re impatient or not a good listener Read more

60 Reviews | 14 Followers
75
Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if If you like Shakespeare and unusual takes on his texts

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or Lear or are a purist when it comes to staging Shakespeare. Read more

34 Reviews | 3 Followers
85
Great writing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you like (maybe not love as a purist) Shakespeare and enjoy innovative departures from the classics.

Don't see it if you believe the actor's gender should correspond to the role's. You are annoyed with an extra character as a narrator. Read more

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Heartfelt, Refreshing, Enchanting, Great acting, Epic

See it if you enjoy Excellent actors telling the story of King Lear in an imaginative way. If you love magic and are drawn in by stage picture & sound

Don't see it if You don't enjoy cross gender casting in Shakespeare.

Critic Reviews (3)

New York Stage Review
September 8th, 2019

3/5 Stars "Not the Tragedy You Used to Know: Writer-director Beth Ann Hopkins fools with Shakespeare's King Lear for intriguing changes"
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TheaterScene.net
September 14th, 2019

"The concept of seeing the play through a child's eyes does not develop in any way and the additions of more recent authors only draws attention to itself as a poor device. Some of the acting is accomplished; other performers have not yet found their characters."
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CurtainUp
September 10th, 2019

"Conceived and whimsically directed by Beth Ann Hopkins at A.R.T Theatres"
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